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How long should I give bronchitis to go away on its own?

How long should I give bronchitis to go away on its own?

Acute bronchitis...: Acute bronchitis can be caused by a bacterial or viral infection of the airways. If it is due to a virus, your symptoms should be improving over a 7-10 day interval. If during this time your symptoms worsen, see your doctor or if the symptoms do not completely resolve by the end of this time, see your doctor. If you develop shortness of breath or high fever, see a doctor immediately! ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Bronchitis (Definition)

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi (airways that carry air from the trachea to the more distal parts of the lungs, or bronchioles). Bronchitis may be caused by either viral or bacterial infections, and is treated with antibiotics , steroids, inhaled bronchodilators, or mucolytics. Bronchitis can be acute or chronic. The latter is usually associated with smoking and may be part of COPD. Both acute and chronic bronchitis can lead to other serious conditions, including pneumonia with ...Read more


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How long does it take for bronchitis to go away?

How long does it take for bronchitis to go away?

Acute?: There are 2 types of bronchitis: acute and chronic. Acute bronchitis is typically due to airway infections and lasts about 10-14 days. Chronic bronchitis is a form of COPD and is not curable although treatments are available. ...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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How long does it take for this crackling in my lungs from bronchitis to go away. Feeling totally fine except I sound like a cat purring constantly.

How long does it take for this crackling in my lungs from bronchitis to go away. Feeling totally fine except I sound like a cat purring constantly.

Can take weeks: I am sorry to hear about the bronchitis. This excess phlegm is just the after effects of the inflammatory process and can take a couple (sometime 3-4 weeks) weeks to resolve. You could try guaifenesin 300 mg by mouth and you can take this every 4 hours if needed. This will help break up the mucus/phlegm. Just make sure you are not pregnant while taking this. Guaifenesin is also called Mucinex ...Read more

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How long bronchitis takes to go away?

Two weeks: Ordinary acute bronchitis may take up to 2 weeks to resolve on correct therapy. If not resolving then either therapy is wrong or it may not be bronchitis. Chronic bronchitis, caused by chronic irritation e.g. Cigarette smoke, and sometimes infection, may persist if the irritant remains despite antibiotics. ...Read more

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I have ms. How long do I give OTC meds for sinus infection & bronchitis before i call my dr? Im not getting any better yet.

I have ms. How long do I give OTC meds for sinus infection & bronchitis before i call my dr? Im not getting any better yet.

Approximately 10 day: Anything below 10 days and these type of symptoms could be due to viral infection which should take care of itself. Ms shouldn't change the picture, unless the ms is already affecting breathing muscles enough to require special equipment/assistance. ...Read more

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Can bronchitis go away on its own ? Without medication?

Can bronchitis go away on its own ? Without medication?

Yes : More than 90% of bronchitis episodes are viral illnesses from which one should recover from with time and antibiotics are not necessary. If the bronchitis lasts more than 3 weeks then a chest x-ray is warranted to make sure there is no pneumonia, in that case antibiotics could be tried out. Also if you have other medical problems that predispose you to bacterial lung infections..Talk to your doc ! ...Read more

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I have a cold and little cough what can I do for it and does bronchitis go away on its own?

I have a cold and little cough what can I do for it and does bronchitis go away on its own?

Cold: Drink plenty fluids, chicken soup helps, a decongestant for the nose, a saline nasal spray, Mucinex (guaifenesin) or equivalent for the cough. If the cough persists for more than 5 days, you will need to see a doctor. A viral bronchitis goes away on its own, a bacterial pne needs an antibiotic. ...Read more

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I have a cold i had a sore throat does it go away on its own i called my dr she said it will but how can I tell if I have bronchitis?

I have a cold i had a sore throat does it go away on its own i called my dr she said it will but how can I tell if I have bronchitis?

Bronchitis : You will have colored secretions if you need antibiotics with fevers or chills. Just drink plenty of water and get plenty of rest and you should get better good luck and good health.! ...Read more

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Will bronchitis infectio go away by itself?

Will bronchitis infectio go away by itself?

Bronchitis Tx.: 95% of the time, acute bronchitis is a viral infection, so the mainstay of treatment would be steroids, usually taken in pill form. For the minority of cases that could be bacterial, we tend to add in an antibiotic, like Zithromax or Levaquin, (levofloxacin) to be complete. However, the steroid is the real mandatory part of the treatment, ...Read more

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