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Is bronchitis bacterial or viral?

Is bronchitis bacterial or viral?

Can be both: Bronchitis can be either acute or chronic. Chronic bronchitis is often caused by chronic irritants like tobacco smoke. Acute bronchitis is most often caused by a viral infection but about 10% of the time it can be caused by a bacterial infection. ...Read more

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Diag. W/ acute bronchitis bacterial. Coughing went away 1wk it came back, with slight heavy feeling in chest. Xray was clean. Ekg was ok. What is it?

Diag. W/ acute bronchitis bacterial. Coughing went away 1wk it came back, with slight heavy feeling in chest. Xray was clean. Ekg was ok.  What is it?

Bronchitis: Acute bronchitis is >95% viral. Bacterial infection is usually with bordetella pertussis, the cause of whooping cough. Although usually in children it has been shown to produce adult disease and the cough can go on for weeks and weeks. The inflammatory process damages the trachea and bronchi and it takes a long time for these to regenerate and become normal again. Smoking will enhance damage. ...Read more

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How do doctors know if you have viral or bacterial bronchitis?

How do doctors know if you have viral or bacterial bronchitis?

Severity of sxs : Both viral and bacterial bronchitis have similar symptoms but bacterial bronchitis usually has a higher fever, more congestion, etc but there is considerable overlap. Sometimes a sputum culture can be helpful in indentifying which bacteria are present. If there is only a low grade fever, it is usually viral. ...Read more

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How can doctors tell if you have viral or bacterial bronchitis?

Cultures&Microscope: Sputun is examined under a microscope and bacteria can be seen. Cultures are allowed to grow few days and pathogens grow and can be identified. Blood tests can show antibodies to various viruses. Clinical findings can help differentiate in some cases. ...Read more

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Can doctors usually tell if a person has bacterial bronchitis without an x-ray?

Can doctors usually tell if a person has bacterial bronchitis without an x-ray?

Bronchitis - no xray: Bronchitis is easily diagnosed by listening to the chest. One does not need x-ray to diagnose or confirm it. Nowadays, even simple pneumonias do not need x-rays for diagnosis. ...Read more

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21y female. Bacterial bronchitis 3w ago. Coughing is gone but now suffering from chest pain on left side +worse with exercise. Should I wait it out?

21y female. Bacterial bronchitis 3w ago. Coughing is gone but now suffering from chest pain on left side +worse with exercise. Should I wait it out?

No: With your recent past history, important to follow up to make sure the infection has cleared. Occasionally fluid can form with symptoms such as yours. All the best. ...Read more

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My doc told me I have bacterial bronchitis and laryngitis. You can have both?

My doc told me I have bacterial bronchitis and laryngitis. You can have both?

Yes: Bronchitis is the inflammation of the pipes that feed air to your lungs. In this case because of infection. Laryngitis is the inflammation of your voicebox. You can have either or both. ...Read more

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Dx with bacterial bronchitis and now coughing so hard i uncontrolably pee my pants a little. Is this normal?

Dx with bacterial bronchitis and now coughing so hard i uncontrolably pee my pants a little. Is this normal?

Stress incontinence: It is not normal to cough that hard. However if you cough really hard, you can lose urine involuntarily. It is called stressed incontinence. If the medications you are taking do not work after a few days and you cough more, you should go back to your doctor to be reevaluated. ...Read more

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Dx with bacterial bronchitis yesterday and now coughing so hard i uncontrollably pee my pants a little. Is this normal?

Dx with bacterial bronchitis yesterday and now coughing so hard i uncontrollably pee my pants a little. Is this normal?

Ask your physician: Should contact physician who made diagnosis of bacterial bronchitis for additional help.. Usually prescribe cough suppressant, sometimes steroid, and some times inhaler to get over acute process. A lot of viral bronchitis is occurring throughout the United States which sometimes can be complicated by bacterial infection. ...Read more

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Pulmonologist prescribed Keflex 250 mg. for bacterial bronchitis. Would Ceftin (cefuroxime) or Cefzil work better due to broader bacterial spectrum?

Pulmonologist  prescribed Keflex 250 mg. for bacterial bronchitis.  Would Ceftin (cefuroxime) or Cefzil work better due to broader bacterial spectrum?

Yes and No: Yes and No. Cefzil and Ceftin (cefuroxime) are second generation cephalosporins, where as Keflex is a first generation. The second generation drugs have better gram-negative coverage however they have not as good gram-positive coverage for bacteria. It depends on which bacteria is being treated. ...Read more

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Can an elderly person with bacterial bronchitis have 1 or 2 spoonfuls of honey to ease their throat and hoarse voice?

Can an elderly person with bacterial bronchitis have 1 or 2 spoonfuls of honey to ease their throat and hoarse voice?

YES: Dark brown ( brown/black ) honey has been proven to be as effective as many OTC cough products. Care must be used when addressing diabetic patients. I would suggest dissolving 1-2 Cold-Eze lozenges in tea and dark honey- very soothing and stimulates the immune system. ...Read more

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Pulmonologist prescribed Keflex 250 mg. four times a day for bacterial bronchitis. Would Ceftin (cefuroxime) or Cefzil provide better gram negative coverage?

Pulmonologist prescribed Keflex 250 mg. four times a day for bacterial bronchitis.  Would Ceftin (cefuroxime) or Cefzil provide better gram negative coverage?

Talk : To your doctor and ask why he prescribed the meds they did. But the meds you mentioned have a different spectrum of coverage. And yes. Better gram neg coverage ...Read more

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How to tell if bronchitis is viral or bacterial just by a blood test?

How to tell if bronchitis is viral or bacterial just by a blood test?

Blood isn't best: What is best to diagnose would be a sputum culture and respiratory viral panel if you wanted to isolate the causative agent. A good physical exam and history should be able take care of you in most situations though and help to make sure you don't have pneumonia. Bacteria in the blood is a sign of a more serious infection. ...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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I am on my second day of a zpac for bacterial bronchitis. What are the signs that the antibiotics are working and that I am getting better?

I am on my second day of a zpac for bacterial bronchitis. What are the signs that the antibiotics are working and that I am getting better?

Bacterial bronchitis: This is a very uncommon condition. Over 95% of cases of acute bronchitis are viral. Are you sure of the diagnosis. If answer is 'yes' you should have less difficulty with cough, breathing, fever, congestion, within several days. ...Read more

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Can strep bacteria cause bronchitis?

Can strep bacteria cause bronchitis?

Bronchitis: Acute bronchitis is caused by viruses in >95% of cases. The remainder are predominantly bordetella pertussis (cause of whooping cough). It would be rare for strep pyogenes to be involved, but there may be some cases of exacerbations of chronic bronchitis in which they may be involved. ...Read more

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Bacterial or viral bronchitis, how can I tell?

Severity....: Typically, a bacterial bronchitis will give you a higher fever, discolored sputum, malaise, etc. The symptoms with a viral infection tend to be less severe without a fever, clearer sputum, etc. However, there is overlap in symptoms so if you are not sure, you should see your doctor so the infection can be diagnosed and treated. Both can produce a significant and severe cough. ...Read more

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Bronchitis (Definition)

Inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes (the tubes that carry air to ...Read more