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Doctor insights on: How Long Do I Have To Wait To Smoke Again After Getting Over Acute Bronchitis

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How long do I have to wait to smoke again after getting over acute bronchitis?

How long do I have to wait to smoke again after getting over acute bronchitis?

Forever!!: Once you have a bout of acute bronchitis, you can never smoke again. Well, you shouldn't really smoke ever again. Nobody should. Very bad and damaging habit, as I'm sure you already know. Why don't you take this opportunity to make a quit attempt. Might be a great chance to quit for good. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Bronchitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi. May be caused by either viral or bacterial infections, and is treated with antibiotics, steroids, inhaled bronchodilators, or mucolytics. Bronchitis can ...Read more


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How long does acute bronchitis last in kids?

How long does acute bronchitis last in kids?

10-14 days: Acute pediatric bronchitis in otherwise healthy kids is usually viral and resolves in 10-14 days from symptom onset, with complete healing. ...Read more

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How long does acute bronchitis last normally?

How long does acute bronchitis last normally?

Can vary: Acute bronchitis usually last from 5-7 days to up to 2 weeks. Depending on the person, symptoms my persist for a couple of weeks up to a month. Some are more sensitive than others to the viral or bacterial insult to the bronchial lining. Asthmatics especially! If not improving in a couple of weeks or worsening or if fever, purulent sputum or other worsening symptoms, get checked out. ...Read more

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How long does it take for acute bronchitis to go away?

How long does it take for acute bronchitis to go away?

Resolution...: It typically takes about 7-10 days for acute bronchitis due to a viral infection to resolve and up to 14 days for a bacterial infection to resolve. However, the cough associated with acute bronchitis can take even longer to resolve. The bronchitis can result in bronchospasm which can then cause the cough to continue. If this is the case, your doctor can prescribe inhalers to relieve the cough! ...Read more

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Every winter I get acute bronchitis and sometimes I get it in summer too. Why does this happen?

Every winter I get acute bronchitis and sometimes I get it in summer too. Why does this happen?

Infection...: Acute bronchitis is due to infection of the airways, either viral or bacterial. Avoid contact with sick people as much as possible and wash your hands frequently. If you smoke, quitting can decrease your rate of this infection. ...Read more

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How long is acute bronchitis contagious for?

How long is acute bronchitis contagious for?

It is not contagious: Acute bronchitis is a reaction to a viral respiratory infection (vri) by suseptible indiviuals, leading to frequent cough, increased mucus production, chest tightness, wheezing. Less than 20% of the population over react to the irritation of a vri with symptoms noted previously. The underlying vri is contagious for 24 hr before the onset of symptoms and for about 5 days after the symptoms begin. ...Read more

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Is my acute bronchitis contageous? For how long?

Is my acute bronchitis contageous? For how long?

What is the cause?: If its caused by a virus or bacteria.You are contagious until you are under treatment for a bacterial infection. For a viral illness you may be contagious for four to seven days. Acute bronchitis caused by allergy (asthma) doesn't not carry an allergic component. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get acute bronchitis without first having a cold?

Is it possible to get acute bronchitis without first having a cold?

Yes: Viral or bacterial and even smoking and chemical can all cause bronchial irritation and inflammation which is bronchitis. ...Read more

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Can you get pneumonia if you don't cough (by using cough suppressants) when you have acute bronchitis? Or is that ok to do?

Can you get pneumonia if you don't cough (by using cough suppressants) when you have acute bronchitis? Or is that ok to do?

Different issues.: These are two different infections, involve different areas of the lungs, and usually have different etiologies (viral, bacterial). You can't give yourself a pneumonia by suppressing the cough of bronchitis. Just make sure you're treating the right thing. ...Read more

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What should I take to get rid of acute bronchitis?

Cough medicine: It's usually viral, so antibiotics generally aren't recommended. Treatment is symptomatic, with cough medicines. ...Read more

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My husband has acute bronchitis and emphysema. What is the right medicines he can take to get rid of these?

My husband has acute bronchitis and emphysema. What is the right medicines he can take to get rid of these?

Acute bronchitis...: Treatment for acute bronchitis depends on etiology. For a bacterial infection, antibiotics are used but there is no treatment for viral bronchitis as antibiotics are ineffective. There is no cure for emphysema but viral bronchitis will resolve on its own within a week to 10 days. ...Read more

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Can I get depression by taking z pack for acute bronchitis?

Can I get depression by taking z pack for acute bronchitis?

No: Not typically. But if you are having symptoms you should talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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How long does a cough from acute bronchitis last? I have already seen my doctor and been given hydromet syrup to control the cough.

How long does a cough from acute bronchitis last? I have already seen my doctor and been given hydromet syrup to control the cough.

Acute is < 2 weeks.: The term "acute bronchitis" is a description of a problem, not a diagnosis. It could be viral, or a complication of smoking, or a mycoplasma infection, or asthma. It may take more than one visit to tell if your cough lasts more than two weeks. And young adults are susceptible to pertussis (whooping cough), which can last 3 months. Did you get your pertussis vaccine? ...Read more

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Can acute bronchitis/asthma trigger shortness of breathe when lying down? I have attacks after I get up from this. Is it sleep apnea?

Can acute bronchitis/asthma trigger shortness of breathe when lying down? I have attacks after I get up from this. Is it sleep apnea?

Could be bronchitis: It could be the bronchitis or asthma that is triggering shortness of breath when lying down. With either condition you can have excess mucous which can build up when lying down and make breathing difficult. Sleep apnea does not cause shortness of breath usually. See a doctor for treatment to relieve the shortness of breath. ...Read more

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How long is acute bronchitis contagious? I'm over most symptoms except some fatigue and coughing up mucus and blood in the AM. Approx. Day 9

How long is acute bronchitis contagious? I'm over most symptoms except some fatigue and coughing up mucus and blood in the AM. Approx. Day 9

24 hours no fever: In general, to help avoid the spread of illness it is advisable to avoid close contact with others during the febrile phase until fever free (without medicine) for 24 hours. Now, know that viruses can be transmitted by secretions so STILL be sure to cover mouth when coughing and wash hands often! ...Read more

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How do I treat acute bronchitis during pregnancy (17 wks)? How long it usu takes to recover? Does prolonged bronchitis increase risk of preterm labor?

How do I treat acute bronchitis during pregnancy (17 wks)? How long it usu takes to recover? Does prolonged bronchitis increase risk of preterm labor?

Try homeopathy: Western medicine has no proven treatments for bronchitis (antibiotics work no better than placebo). I have had great success treating bronchitis with homeopathy, which is very safe in pregnancy. For best results see a professional homeopath, but you could try one of these: http://tinyurl. Com/pztnvx8
Pelargonium sidoides is a herb proven to help but its safety in pregnancy has not been studied. ...Read more

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I have been put on Avelox for 5 days by a doctor in your network for acute bronchitis and a sinus infection. Shouldn't I be on it longer?

Probably enough: Five days of Avelox is probably enough. If you feel significantly better after taking it for 5 days, but then start feeling sick again within a few days, then that may indicate that the course was not long enough or that the germs causing the infection are resistant to Avelox. Resistance to Avelox is not likely as it is a newer antibiotic and not widely used. Hope you feel better. ...Read more

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What meds treat acute bronchitis?

Depends...: If acute bronchitis is due to bacterial infection, then antibiotics are usually prescribed. If there is a viral etiology, treatment is aimed at symptom management while the infection runs its course. ...Read more