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Is it normal to have a fever with bronchitis after antibiotics are started?

Depends: Depends on the cause if your bronchitis. If it is bacterial in nature, and you have a fever, it takes time for the antibiotic to work, eliminating the fever. After about 48 hours, the fever should decrease. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Bronchitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi. May be caused by either viral or bacterial infections, and is treated with antibiotics , steroids, inhaled bronchodilators, or mucolytics. Bronchitis can ...Read more


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18yof, 100-100.8 degree fever obtained orally morn/day/night for 2 weeks. Recovering from flu/bronchitis;finished antibiot Mon. Should I see dr again?

18yof, 100-100.8 degree fever obtained orally morn/day/night for 2 weeks. Recovering from flu/bronchitis;finished antibiot Mon. Should I see dr again?

Yes: The temp is nearing 101 which is more significant that a temp of say 99-100. It is possible that your bronchitic infection didn't clear all the way and you still have residual . It is also possible it did clear and now a secondary infection had begun. See your doctor ...Read more

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Dx bronchtis 3 weeks ago, then ear/throat infect. 10 days ago. Today diagnosis sinus infect abscess left side of throat new antibiotic. Low fever, neck hurts?

Dx bronchtis 3 weeks ago, then ear/throat infect. 10 days ago. Today diagnosis sinus infect abscess left side of throat new antibiotic. Low fever, neck hurts?

Pharyngeal abscess?: Some pharyngeal and parapharyngeal abcesses require surgical drainage for adequate clearing. Was a culture performed prior to switching ? Your response to treatment depends on the sensitivity of the particular infectious agent to your chosen antibiotic. It is also possible that you have a combination of virus and bacterial infection which is complicating your recovery. Follow up with your doc. ...Read more

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I have had bronchitis for 5 days. I have also had fever everyday running 100 to 101. Is this normal to run fever this long?

I have had bronchitis for 5 days. I have also had fever everyday running 100 to 101. Is this normal to run fever this long?

Depends: Do not know how the diagnosis of bronchitis was made, so cannot clearly assess. If you have had persistent fever you may need further assessment depending upon your associated symptoms. If this continues another day would see a doctor and be evaluated further. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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4 yrs ago I had really bad fever, bronchitis, sinus infection and my ESR was 110. 4 weeks later, i felt much better & retested it was slightly elevated 2 points but almost normal. retest? i feel fine

4 yrs ago I had really bad fever, bronchitis, sinus infection and my ESR was 110. 4 weeks later, i felt much better & retested it was slightly elevated 2 points but almost normal. retest? i feel fine

ESR - sed rate: An 'elevated sedimentation rate' or ESR is a non-specific marker of inflammation. Several things can affect that lab result: age (older = higher), the blood count (anemia = higher), and inflammation among other things. Given that it's normalized, I would rest assured. Remember, lab tests only matter in the context of disease. If you feel 100% then I trust that. No need to retest at this time. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a 6 year old to sweat and cough, after being sick? My 6 year old was sick with bronchitis, bad fever cough, now that she is doing better, no fever, still coughing, and having cold sweats at night, is that normal should I worry?

Is it normal for a 6 year old to sweat and cough, after being sick? My 6 year old was sick with bronchitis, bad fever cough, now that she is doing better, no fever, still coughing, and having cold sweats at night, is that normal should I worry?

Usually : Usually after a bout of pneumonia or bronchitis, the cough is the last symptom to disappear - occasionally taking weeks to resolve. As long as her cough is continuing to improve, then it most likely is ok. If her cough is worsening or if she is having any difficulty breathing, then you will want to contact her doctor right away. The cold sweats may or may not be concerning - is she still having fever at night and the sweats are when it breaks? If you are noticing a pattern to when she has these, you may want to take her temperature prior to the sweat to make sure she's still not having fever - that would be a reason to see her doctor right away. As long as her fever is gone and her cough is improving, i'd say you were on the right track. If you have any specific questions about her symptoms or treatment, give her doc a call. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have viral bronchitis and was given inhaler. The past 3 days I have had fever over 101, stiff neck, tightness in chest. Should i go back in? Normal?

I have viral bronchitis and was given inhaler. The past 3 days I have had fever over 101, stiff neck, tightness in chest. Should i go back in? Normal?

Examination needed: Since you have now developed a fever and worsening chest symptoms, you should be checked for pneumonia by your physician who would arrange for a chest film and appropriate antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can bronchitis, sinus infection and fever cause ESR to go up? Mines was 110, now I feel 100% (4 weeks later) it's back to normal. They since tested me for ANA, SPEP and other countless test. Normal.

Not surprising : The ESR can be a measure of inflammation and increase when sinuses and bronchi are infected or inflammed. The ESR should return to normal when treatment is complete and effective ...Read more

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Is it normal to run a fever while taking an antibiotic?

Is it normal to run a fever while taking an antibiotic?

The underlying: Health problem may be causing the fever. A fever is usually not suppressed immediately after starting an antibiotic. ...Read more

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My daughter is starting a fever after 6 days of antibiotics? Is this normal?

My daughter is starting a fever after 6 days of antibiotics? Is this normal?

Fever: Fever after several days of antibiotic may be an indication of unresponsiveness to antibiotic, may be drug fever, or have a resistant bug. Talk to your doctor and have her reevaluated. ...Read more

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Is it normal to start a fever after you start antibiotics? There was no fever when the antibiotics were prescribed.

Is it normal to start a fever after you start antibiotics? There was no fever when the antibiotics were prescribed.

Depends...: It usually takes antibiotics 24 to 48 hours to start actually working on the infection. If this has been the time frame you have been taking them for this could be related to the infection itself. If you have been taking them for more than 2 days then you might need a different antibiotic. I would suggest to keep taking them and if after 2 days the fever continues see your doctor again. ...Read more

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In less then 2 months I've had a fever twice and been put on antibiotics but all my labs were normal. Should I get any other tests?

In less then 2 months I've had a fever twice and been put on antibiotics but all my labs were normal. Should I get any other tests?

Fever: Not all fevers are due to a bacterial infection. You may have another cause for the fever, including something like a simple virus that may be self limiting. Discuss the evaluation and work up for a Chronic fever of unknown origin with your Dr.,... but a periodic fever is often self limiting and an over the counter antipyretic medication would suffice. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Went to the dr and was diagnosed with cellulitis. I was given an ointment and a antibiotic. last night started to get a fever. Is that normal?

Went to the dr and was diagnosed with cellulitis. I was given an ointment and a antibiotic. last night started to get a fever. Is that normal?

No: It may be a sign that your infection is spreading. Usually a systemic antibiotic is required for cellulitis which is not a superficial infection like an infected scratch. Go to UrgiCare or your doctor now to make sure that it is not from MRSA. Do not delay. ...Read more

Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

Fever = elevated body temperature (can be ...Read more