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What is the best thing to do to relieve cold/bronchitis symptoms when doctor is away?

What is the best thing to do to relieve cold/bronchitis symptoms when doctor is away?

Symptom control: If you are not having fevers chances are it is a virus and you just need to utilize symptomatic relief...Cough suppressants, mucolytics, and anti-histamines can help as can sudafed if you are clogged up. I like to use the nety pot w/ distilled water to help clear sinuses. Give it time...If you get a fever you may need antibiotics. ...Read more

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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Can bronchitis come on suddenly without a cold first?

Can bronchitis come on suddenly without a cold first?

Yes: definitely ..Acute bronchitis is just that..an acute bronchial infection ....and "cold symptoms" may NOT be present before during or after....A cold is an UPPER respiratory infection...bronchitis a LOWER respiratory condition! Hope this is helpful! Dr Z ...Read more

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Why might I develop bronchitis each time I get a cold?

Why might I develop bronchitis each time I get a cold?

It's part of the col: It's not unusual to develop a cough at the tail end of a cold. People tend to call it bronchitis when they think they need antibiotics, even though studies shows that antibiotics are no more effective than placebo for treating bronchitis. Smokers often develop more of these symptoms after a cold than non-smokers do.. ...Read more

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How come i tend to develop bronchitis every time i get a cold?

How come i tend to develop bronchitis every time i get a cold?

Smoker?: Do have a history of smoking, if that's the case smoking keep defending system occupied and unable to perform regular duties: antiinfective. Also do you drink enough to hydrate and facilitate clearing of bronchi. ...Read more

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How do I know if its a cold, pneumonia or bronchitis?

How do I know if its a cold, pneumonia or bronchitis?

Difficult...: It is difficult to know which of these you have based on symptoms alone. A typical cold has less severe symptoms compared to the other two; less severe cough, usually no fever, more nasal congestion. Bronchitis has a more severe cough than a cold but the other symptoms may be the same. Pneumonia has symptoms very similar to bronchitis, although it may be a but more severe. Tests may be needed. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of bronchitis vs cold?

Wheezing: Wheezing and chest symptoms ....... Deep cough , phlem, feeling sicker. ...Read more

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Is having a lot of cold in your chest a sign of bronchitis?

Cold in chest: Possibly. See your doctor so he can auscultate your lungs to see if you have bronchitis. You may have to have an xray. ...Read more

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

Bronchitis: Hello, you can get bronchitis without first having a cold. Asthmatic bronchitis for example is an inflammation in the bronchi without an infection first. ...Read more

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I have been sick with a bad cold for a week and cannot quit coughing, can you have bronchitis and no temperature?

I have been sick with a bad cold for a week and cannot quit coughing, can you have bronchitis and no temperature?

Yes: It could be bronchitis or sinusitis or it just could be a viral upper respiratory tract infection that is aggravating your lungs. Usually if the infection lasts for more than a week or 10 days it's a good idea to see your doctor and consider going on antibiotics. You may also need something for your lungs in case you're having some low-grade asthma which can be a cause of the cough. ...Read more

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Cold started 2 weeks ago have bronchitis on Friday after the shot and meds I feel worst I can barely make my neck around . ?

Cold started 2 weeks ago have bronchitis on Friday after the shot and meds I feel worst I can barely make my neck around . ?

Be rechecked: It sounds like you are not responding well to your treatment so far. I recommend that you contact your physician and revisit with him or her to determine what more can be done after re-examining you. In the mean time, I would drink adequate amounts of fluids and remain at relative rest. Being re-examined is most important. ...Read more