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How Do You Know If You Have Pneumonia Or Bronchitis
You generally don't: 1st, more than 95% of "bronchitis" is viral. Secondly the other 5% probably resolve spontaneously without any therapy. It really does not matter unless you are otherwise chronically ill from congestive heart failure, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Bronchitis is just a term we throw around for people who have a new cough, and it is not really that well defined. ...Read more
Severity of sxs : Both viral and bacterial bronchitis have similar symptoms but bacterial bronchitis usually has a higher fever, more congestion, etc but there is considerable overlap. Sometimes a sputum culture can be helpful in indentifying which bacteria are present. If there is only a low grade fever, it is usually viral. ...Read more
Good question: Sinusitis is the most over-diagnosed entity in the field of upper respiratory infections. The great majority of these infections are viral and are constantly being treated blindly and often with unindicated antibiotics. The symptoms of rhino-sinusitis are nasal congestion and obstruction, pain between the eyes, pain and pressure under the eyes and occasionally headaches.Yellow nasal drainage. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sinus Infection: Depending on which sinus(es) is/are affected, you will first experience symptoms of a cold- stuffy, runny nose, then headache or facial pain and pressure. Post nasal drip, feeling tired and fever is not uncommon. Your teeth may also hurt. If in doubt, check with with your doctor or ENT specialist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Symptoms...: COPD usually is caused by smoking. Symptoms include shortness of breath, wheezing, cough (either productive or not), weight loss or gain, cyanosis (blue discoloration of skin, lips, etc.), etc. COPD includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. If you have ever smoked and you have some of these symptoms, see your doctor for a pulmonary function test to diagnose copd. It is treatable, not curable. ...Read more
Flu: Known exposure +tax symptoms can be guiding to the right diagnosis. Typical flu symptoms i clued fever, usually >101 f, body aches, headache, mild dry cough, less so runny nose and sore throat. There is a test available to differentiate flu from other viruses. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Few symptoms such as: Increase of urinary frequency, urgency, burning, dribling, and possibly different odor in your urine may suggest a bladder infection/cystitis. Vaginitis may present with similar sx, and maybe itching/vaginal dicharge/odor. In the elderly, often in nursing homes etc..Uti may present as confusion, increase urinary incontinence etc...If you have concern, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tonsillitis: Tonsillitis is an infection of the tonsils. There are a variety of different types of infection and numerous bacteria that can cause tonsillitis. Most of the time, we treat tonsillitis with antibiotics. The best way to determine the correct antibiotic is to culture the tonsils and throat. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Symptoms....: Asthma symptoms include cough, wheezing and shortness of breath which occurs episodically. Once suspected, you need to be evaluated by your doctor and you may need pulmonary function tests since you can have a normal exam between episodes.There is treatment but no cure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Flu vs Bronchitis.: According to Mayo Clinic Flu sxs may include “Fever over 100F (38C), Aching muscles, especially in your back, arms and legs, Chills & sweats, Headache, Dry Cough, Fatigue and weakness, Nasal Congestion.” According to Mayo Clinic Bronchitis can present with “Cough, Production of mucus (sputum), which can be clear, white, yellowish-gray or green in color — rarely, it may be streaked with blood, > ...Read more
Everyone different: Sarcoid can have many different manifestations. Characteristically you can have some of the follwoing: swollen lymph nodes, rashes, lung spots, eye changes, liver changes, skin rashes, etc. Each person is different and the diagnosis is made depending where the granulomas (the sarcoid biopsy inflammatory change) are found and if there is no other cause found. Your doctor can guide you here. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not always easy: A "cold" without fever that lasts longer than 2 weeks may well be allergy rather than a clod. Allergies by then selves do not cause fever. Typical allergy symptoms are itchy , teary eyes, clear nasal discharge associated with itching, itchy palate, itchy eras, sneezing, mildly sore throat, even fatigue. Not sure - see a physician. ...Read more
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