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How long is bronchitis contagious after starting antibiotics?

How long is bronchitis contagious after starting antibiotics?

Bronchitis: This condition is very rarely bacterial. It is overwhelmingly of viral etiology or due to inhalation of toxic materials. When acute bronchitis is bacterial it is usually due to bordetella pertussis (whooping cough). Without knowing what you have, impossible to predict communicability, but antibiotics not likely to be effective. If this is chronic bronchitis, different subject. ...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 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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When and for how long is viral bronchitis contagious?

When and for how long is viral bronchitis contagious?

Difficult to answer: There are many different viruses that can cause bronchitis, all with different incubation periods and different time frames for viral shedding. But, if you have active symptoms like fever, nasal congestion, sore throat, etc., you are likely contagious. The associated cough can last longer than the viral infection so if all the other symptoms are gone, you are possibly no longer contagious. ...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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My wife passed cold to me, it progressed. Now me and my 2 year old son have bronchitis type of cough all day long. Is bronchitis contagious?

My wife passed cold to me, it progressed. Now me and my 2 year old son have bronchitis type of cough all day long. Is bronchitis contagious?

Virus is contagious: The virus is contagious, what each individuals symptoms may be can vary. The same virus can cause only upper respiratory symptoms in one person, bronchitis in another, ear infection in another ...Read more

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For how long after the onset of bronchitis is a person contagious?

For how long after the onset of bronchitis is a person contagious?

Depends: Person continues to be contagious as long as symptoms continue to be present. ...Read more

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How long is someone contagious for when they have the common cold, flu, or bacterial / viral bronchitis?

How long is someone contagious for when they have the common cold, flu, or bacterial / viral bronchitis?

Contagious periods: The contagious period differs for each type of infection, even among different viruses! There is a range of values based on different infections ranging from common cold to influenza. These vary from 24 hours to up to 2 weeks! You should ask your physician what infection you have and for how long you will be contagious. Common sense dictates that respiratory viruses travel by cough or sneeze. ...Read more

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Hi my daughter just came home from the doctor and she has bronchitis. They gave her zithro how long will she be contagious we were going to go visit my mom tomorrow and my mom has copd also I need to go stay with my mom on monday for a few days bc on work

Hi my daughter just came home from the doctor and she has bronchitis. They gave her zithro how long will she be contagious we were going to go visit my mom tomorrow and my mom has copd also I need to go stay with my mom on monday for a few days bc on work

Depends: It could be viral or superinfection on top of a viral infection. She also could be past the infectious stage if this truly is a bacterial infection. In any case, unless severely immunocompromised (people w cancer or unable to mount an immune response to infections) you should not have to worry about contagion. However its possible could more than bronchitis such as atypical pneumonia (contagious). ...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 bronchitis contagious?

Is bronchitis contagious?

Yes: Inflammation of the bronchial tubes caused by either viruses or bacteria is contagious. ...Read more

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Is bronchitis contagious?

Bronchitis: Bronchitis is defined as an inflammation of the bronchial tubes of the respiratory infection. Cough is the predominant symptom. Usually this is self-limiting and will heal completely on its own. Most infections are viral although bacterial infections can cause bronchitis as well. Contrary to popular belief antibiotics are not always necessary. It is just as contagious as any viral infection. ...Read more

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Is bronchitis contagious?

Can be: If it is an infectious bronchitis depending on what the infectious etiology is the bug can be passed on to others through coughing. It can also be passed on through contact which highlights the importance of frequent hand washing. A mask is recommended if concern is present. ...Read more

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The bronchitis is contagious?

Can be...: Acute bronchitis is caused by either bacteria or viruses and these organisms can be aerosolized w/coughing/sneezing or spread via hand contact (ex. Infected person touches their nose and you shake their hand shortly afterwards!) chronic bronchitis is not contagious as it is a form of COPD and results from airway inflammation due to smoking (usually). ...Read more

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Is pneumonia or bronchitis contagious?

Is pneumonia or bronchitis contagious?

Yes: Both, usually they come from viruses ; bacterias that came from inhalation from a person who coughed before or close by. ...Read more

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Is acute bronchitis contagious?

Yes: Acute bronchitis is currently considered to be caused mostly by viruses, which are quite contagious. It can be transmitted in the air, by coughing, and by contact with the sick person's hands (if the hands have been coughed on or touched the mouth). The most contagious period is usually early in the illness, and shortly before the illness begins to show symptoms. ...Read more

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Can chronic bronchitis be contagious?

Can chronic bronchitis be contagious?

No...: Chronic bronchitis is a form of copd. It is usually a result of smoking. There is no infection present in chronic bronchitis. Smoking cessation is important for prevention. ...Read more

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Until when is acute bronchitis contagious?

Until when is acute bronchitis contagious?

Depends....: There are many different bacteria and viruses that can cause acute bronchitis, each with a different incubation period and shedding time. So, the amount of time a person is contagious depends on which organism is causing the infection. ...Read more

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Is walking pneumonia or bronchitis contagious?

Is walking pneumonia or bronchitis contagious?

Depends on type: "walking pneumonia" basically means you are not sick enough to be on bed rest in a hospital getting intravenous meds. Some pneumonias have suggestive patterns on an x-ray that suggest the probable germ, many do not. Some are viral & some bacterial. Some can pass to others easily & others seldom do. Discussion with the source of the diagnosis is the best way to find out how easily it spreads. ...Read more

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Is post viral bronchitis contagious?

Is post viral bronchitis contagious?

Without symptoms: Viral bronchitis is usually contagious 1-4 days after intiation of illness. However coughing and sneezing spreads contagious droplets with virus from person to person. Most safe if not coughing or sneezing. ...Read more

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Is pneumonia and bronchitis contagious? Patient is a gentleman in his seventies.

Yes: Yes they are both contagious. The person in question does not need to be quarantined however precautions should be taken. Avoid close contact especially if the person is coughing; hand washing is important for the person in question and anyone around that person, also unaffected persons should avoid touching their eyes, mouth, and nose since they can touch objects that are contaminated and inadvertently contaminate themselves.
It is also important to note that the virus or bacteria causing pneumonia and bronchitis in one person could cause varying illness in another (i.E causing a common cold).
Take care. ...Read more

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Taken all my meds for bronchitis still have my cough. Am I contagious still? Can you pass through kissing?

Taken all my meds for bronchitis still have my cough. Am I contagious still? Can you pass through kissing?

Bronchitis: Viral infections can be transmitted through exchange of saliva and breathing on someone else. Check with your doctor to determine if your bronchitis is cleared and otherwise, determine the cause of persistent court. ...Read more

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I have bronchitis & sinus infection, am I contagious?

I have bronchitis & sinus infection, am I contagious?

Possibly: Acute bronchitis is almost always viral and can be transmitted. The sinus infection may be bacterial or viral. If bacterial, due to the viral infection creating congestion with secondary bacterial invasion, but that would not be communicable to others. ...Read more

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Can asthmatic bronchitis be contagious to other children?

Can asthmatic bronchitis be contagious to other children?

Viral infection: Viral respiratory tract infections are contagious as they are spread by respiratory droplets. However, to have asthma symptoms that is dependent upon the child having asthma. Thus, if the child has asthma, and then is exposed to a viral infection, he will have symptoms of asthmatic bronchitis. ...Read more

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When is acute bronchitis contagious and when is it not? Seems physicians some say it is and some say it isn't?

Hard to tell: Some cases are viral & contagious during the early febrile phase but less so as it progresses. Some will represent a mycoplasma germ that is contagious & often affects groups. Most that have a simple bacterial bronchitis do so from normal airway germs that settle in after a virus, these are not contagious. My routine is to consider them contagious until fever free 24h or on med 24h. ...Read more

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Is chronic bronchitis contagious? My uncle has chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Can I catch bronchitis from him? .

Is chronic bronchitis contagious? My uncle has chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Can I catch bronchitis from him? .

No: Chronic bronchitis itself is not contagious. Sometimes the virus or bacteria that exacerbate a patient's chronic bronchitis can be contagious however. ...Read more

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Asthma patient with bronchitis symptoms. Is bronchitis contagious, and would you assume it best for me to stay home from school?

Asthma patient with bronchitis symptoms. Is bronchitis contagious, and would you assume it best for me to stay home from school?

Depends: Assuming that your asthma is under control but you still cough, then the cause for the bronchitis is likely from a viral or bacterial infection. Bacterial infection is usually not contagious unless you have whooping cough. Viral infection often does however since a cough often travels from 0 to 60 faster than your souped-up mustang. ...Read more

Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more