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Is Bronchitis Curable
Acute bronchitis: Acute bronchitis ("acute" here refers to new onset, self-limited) tends to be viral including cold viruses, but, more seriously, also influenza.Symptoms can persist once the virus has passed, therefore contagious depending on stage. Whooping cough is a contagious bacterial bronchitis, sometimes serious, making a comeback due to the unfortunate decision of some not to vaccinate their children.
Acute bronchitis.: Acute bronchitis is a viral infection heralded by a cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, sweats, and perhaps some diffuse chest discomfort that increases with inspiration. Chest X-Ray may not always show acute bronchitis, so it's mainly a clinical diagnosis.See 1 more doctor answer
Symptoms...: Acute bronchitis symptoms include cough productive of discolored sputum, cold symptoms, fever, chills, body aches, shortness of breath, wheezing, etc. Symptoms of chronic bronchitis include cough productive of sputum, shortness of breath, wheezing, etc. Without any symptoms of infection.See 1 more doctor answer
No: Bronchitis is a very common condition usually caused by viral infection and less commonly by bacterial infection of the bronchial air passages. It is not a dangerous condition and usulally resolves without specific treatment.
Acute or chronic?: Acute bronchitis symptoms include fever, cough productive of discolored sputum, chills, body aches, cold symptoms, headache, fatigue. Common symptoms of chronic bronchitis include shortness of breath and productive cough without any infection symptoms, fatigue.See 1 more doctor answer
Not specifically: There is not a vaccine specifically made to protect against bronchitis, which is an infection of the larger airways in the lungs. The pneumococcal vaccines protect against pneumococcal bacterial infections (pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, blood sepsis, meningitis). Pneumonia is an infection farther down in the lungs, beyond the larger airways involved in bronchitis.See 1 more doctor answer
Take a deep breath: Defined as inflammation of the mucous membranes of the larger/medium-sized airways in the lungs. Presents usually with a non productive cough that can change to coughing up discolored thick sputum with possible small amounts of blood in it. It usually stars from a virus infection but can be bacterial in origin. Likelihood of getting bronchitis increases with smoking, asthma, allergic rhinitis
Bronchitis: Bronchitis usually starts with a cold caused by a virus. In bronchitis, due to the weakened immunity, some of your own bacteria get down into your airways to the lung and produce heavy mucous which eventually turn purulent (yellow, gray, or green). The main symptoms are heavy cough and production of this thick sputum. There is usually no fever. There may be chest tightness or wheezing.See 1 more doctor answer
Need right meds: You may not be given the right medication. Lots of triggers for so called"bronchitis, reactive airways disease, asthma etc".Oftentimes, patients are treated with several rounds of antibiotics, cough meds suppressants/expectorants to no avail. If you are treated with broncodilators and inhaled steroids, then maybe it was not taken long enough which can cause recurrence/relapses.See 1 more doctor answer
More: Information regarding your medical history is needed. Suggest a video-consult with the Healthtap doctor on call. Follow up also with your primary doctor.