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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
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
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
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
Diagnosed with bronchitis after sore throats and cough (phlegm and blood). Given augmentin. How long before cough and fever go away?
Most bronchitis is v: Most often these issues are. Oral but if you are bacterial can take several weeks to resolve ...Read more
I have ms. How long do I give OTC meds for sinus infection & bronchitis before I call my dr? I'm 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
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
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
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
Sometimes/see below: Bronchitis is usually caused by viral infection and this will resolve without treatment. Influenza bronchitis or pneumonia should be treated with tamiflu or relenza (zanamivir). Bacterial bronchitis usually needs antibiotic treatment. Bacterial pneumonia always needs antibiotic treatment. ...Read more
Progressive : COPD tends to be progressive. But inhaled & oral meds, along with smoking cessation, & supplemental oxygen if needed, can significantly slow the progress. Other ills, like heart disease, make it worse. End-stage sign is acute flare up episodes ("exacerbations") requiring more frequent hospital stays. That's the time to focus on life quality over life prolonging care (hospice). Hope that helps. ...Read more
How long will the cough from bronchitis last?going on 4 weeks now with cough, just finished all meds &today I am hacking again, it's very painful
Depends: There are a lot of factors that can prolongue an episode of bronchitis. If you are healthy and have no underlying lung disease the symptoms usually start to lessen after about 4 days and may be gone in 7-10 days. However, the symptoms can linger longer if you smoke, are elderly, have asthma or COPD etc. ...Read more
Days to life time: Acute bronchitis will usually last a few days to a few weeks depending on the cause and the treatment. A form of chronic bronchits can last a lfietime depending on the cause and the treatment. If you have a cough or bronchitis that is lasting longer than you think it should, get see by pcp, pulmonologist or other physician and get checke out. Testing may be necessary. Bad things can cause this. ...Read more
Acute?......: Bronchitis is either acute or chronic. Acute bronchitis is usually due to an infection of the airways, either due to bacteria or virus, and symptoms typically last about 7-10 days. However, the cough may last longer since bronchospasm can result from the infection. Chronic bronchitis is a form of COPD usually due to smoking and symptoms can be chronic and life-long but are controlled with therapy. ...Read more
A month or more: Bronchitis disrupts the linings of the airway. Over time the injured cells will heal & reestablish a delicate system of hair cells & thin moisture that traps dust & germs & removes them before they get deep into the lungs. Until then, you must cough to help puddles of moisture & debris jump over the healing areas. Long after the germs are gone the repair continues. ...Read more
Usually a few days: When antibiotics are effective against bronchitis, improvement (reduced sputum, less colored sputum) usually is apparent within 4-5 days. However, many cases of bronchitis are not due to bacteria and antibiotics like clarithromycin (Biaxin®) don't help much. If not significantly better after week or so, recheck with the doctor treating you. Good luck. ...Read more
Weeks: Sometimes up to 4-6 weeks.Get a more detailed answer ›
7-10 days: 7-10 daysGet a more detailed answer ›
As much as 6 weeks: Effects on bronchial mucosa can take that long to revert to normal. ...Read more
Weeks: If you have been recently diagnosed with bronchitis, I would expect some cough for up to two weeks. In smokers the cough will take longer to resolve. This is the case in asthmatics as well. If there is sinusitis accompanying the bronchitis, therapy directed at the sinuses is helpful. If you are not better soon, see your doctor. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with bronchitis. How long til I can work again? And is it serious if it's been 4 days having it and not knowing til now?
No: Generally speaking Bronchitis is not a life threatening condition unless associated with other illnesses (Cancer, HIV, COPD, Congestive heart failure and so on). At your age I anticipate you will recover from bronchitis without complications. Depending on the type of work that you do, you may go to work when symptoms are improving or have completely resolved. ...Read more
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