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Is Bronchitis Bacterial
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can i go to work (costco) with bacterial bronchitis? Don't have a fever (99 degrees), but feel flushed. Haven't started meds yet
Contagious: You are contagious and should not go to work until you have been on antibiotics fir 24-36 hours. ...Read more
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
16 mo boy has adthma & chronic bacterial bronchitis. Two days in a row his cough is producing excess phlegm brown in color. Is this ok?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can an elderly person with bacterial bronchitis have 1 or 2 spoonfuls of honey to ease their throat and hoarse voice?
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
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
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
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?
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
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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