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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

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

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About how long before an antibiotic will start to make you feel better? Is it normal to feel worse before better? Today is my 2nd day. Sinuses/bronchitis

About how long before an antibiotic will start to make you feel better? Is it normal to feel worse before better? Today is my 2nd day. Sinuses/bronchitis

Antibiotic: Bronchitis is almost always due to virus infection and does not respond to antibiotics. Sinusitis is not necessarily treated with antibiotics; a decongestant and sinus saline rinses may alleviate symptoms. Get a Neti-pot and try this. Without knowing exactly what you have it is hard to know, but symptoms are often due to the body's reaction to an inflammation rather than to the cause. ...Read more

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Should I seek ER medical attention? I visited my dr's office today and saw a different dr then normal. I have been coughing. I was told I have the beginning signs of phenomia and bronchitis. I was prescribed an antibiotic that does not work for me. When I

Should I seek ER medical attention? I visited my dr's office today and saw a different dr then normal. I have been coughing. I was told I have the beginning signs of phenomia and bronchitis. I was prescribed an antibiotic that does not work for me. When I

Oh: Oh my. That doesn't sound like a very pleasant interaction with the doctor. Some antibiotics are excellent at treating certain conditions but perform poorly with other medical problems. Perhaps, this is why the doctor prescribed the medication even if you have not had successes with it in the past. I don't know that I would automatically go to the er. You may wish to try the medication for your pulmonary symptoms to see if it is helpful for that condition. Going to the er would be both time consuming and very expensive for you. Do you know when your regular doctor will return? I think that the situation merits discussing with him or her (from a medical aspect as well as regarding the quality of the doctor - patient interaction that occurred. Take care. I hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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Was ill 3wks ago with a weeks fever and coughing was given antibiotics. I'm still coughing is this normal? After even when I exercise.

Was ill 3wks ago with a weeks fever and coughing was given antibiotics. I'm still coughing is this normal? After even when I exercise.

Viral URI: When you have upper respiratory tract infections the tiisues of the lining of the trachea and bronchi may be damaged, limiting their capacity to clear foreign materials or injured tissue by mucociliary clearance and coughing provides a substitute. Classically the persistent cough may be mycoplasma, but other organisms as well. ...Read more

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Is 99.3 a normal temperature? I was sick a week ago with a fever had to go on antibiotics. I feel fine now but not sure why my temp is high.

Is 99.3 a normal temperature? I was sick a week ago with a fever had to go on antibiotics. I feel fine now but not sure why my temp is high.

Abs: This is a low grade temperature and usually not alarming. But need more history. You were on antibiotics for what reason? Did you get better? Could be all viral and then symptomatic treatment is recommended. Need more history from you ...Read more

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Adult temp of 101.4. Other day fever free however all last week had a temp. On antibiotics. Is it normal to get a high temp again like this?

Adult temp of 101.4. Other day fever free however all last week had a temp. On antibiotics. Is it normal to get a high temp again like this?

You may need to: Get back to the healthcare provider that treated you initially if the fever is increasing back up or persistent. Sometimes fever can occur due to a viral infection that the antibiotics (which are used to treat bacterial infections) cannot touch. Or it may be a sign that the original bacterial infection is resistant to the antibiotic that you are taking. ...Read more

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Husband has been on antibiotics for about 3 days. Feeling a bit better, but fever is still spiking over 103. Normal? Should we go to the ER?

Husband has been on antibiotics for about 3 days. Feeling a bit better, but fever is still spiking over 103. Normal? Should we go to the ER?

Urgent Care Clinic: 103 is still relatively high especially if he has been on antibiotics for 3 days. I am not sure what the antibiotics were given for but this may mean that 1) The cause of his infection is possibly viral therefore antibiotics are not helping or 2) the bacteria causing the infection could be resistant to the antibiotic he is on and may need to be changed. He needs a review with his doctor. ...Read more

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I have had a positive strep test and am on day 2 of antibiotics. I'm currently having a severe headache. My fever is back up to 101.2. Is that normal?

I have had a positive strep test and am on day 2 of antibiotics. I'm currently having a severe headache. My fever is back up to 101.2. Is that normal?

YES: I would suggest Advil or Aleve for the headache (if not allergic to these medications). The headache is most likely related to your infection. Please carefully follow dosing directions and always take medicine on a full stomach. If allergic to aspirin or NSAIDS, you can use Tylenol (acetaminophen) as directed. ...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