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Medicine For Chronic Bronchitis
I've had a cough for two months and was told it was chronic bronchitis. What's the best medicine for bronchitis cause I've been put on different medication and nothing is working?
COPD...: Chronic bronchitis is a form of copd, usually the result of smoking. If you are smoking, it is imperative that you quit and your doctor can help with this. Bronchodilator and steroid inhalers are the mainstay of therapy and other medications can be prescribed, depending on your symptoms. See your doctor for treatment. Antibiotics are only needed if you have signs/symptoms of acute infection. ...Read more
Can you tell me if traces of illicit drugs could remain in phlegm if a person has chronic bronchitis and could this result in a positive drug test result even if the drug/s had not been consumed for weeks/months?
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Talk to YOUR doctor: If you have emphysema/bronchitis, you need a physician with experience in treating pulmonary diseases, and should probably be on a number of medications, including regular inhalers to improve pulmonary function, and acute "rescue" inhalers for sudden symptoms. There are other meds as well. What otc meds you take depends on your other meds, blood pressure etc, and cause of heart murmur. See md. ...Read more
Treatment...: Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, is typically treated with bronchodilator and steroid inhalers as well as supplemental oxygen if the oxygen level in the blood is low. Smoking cessation is a necessary part of treatment. There is no cure but symptoms can be managed with therapy so see your doctor for specific treatment as well as diagnosis. ...Read more
Avoid the cause (s): Cigarettes and pollution are the two biggest contributors. Stop one and avoid the other as much as you can. Treatment is symptomatic; bronchodilators if you are short of breath, steroid inhalers for people who have frequent "exacerbations", antibiotics and oral steroids for acute exacerbations, and yearly influenza vaccination to reduce risk of serious illness. Oh, and did I mention "no smoking? ". ...Read more
Chronic bronchitis.: Chronic bronchitis is related to a history of smoking, for the most part. Treatment is with medications - mainly inhalers used daily and as needed for symptoms of shortness of breath. Sometimes oral steroids are used when chronic symptoms are more severe, and antibiotics are used for flares thought due to infection. Oxygen sometimes also helpful. ...Read more
Avoid its causes: Almost all chronic bronchitis in western society is caused by smoking. Other causes include long term use of wood stoves without proper ventilation (quite common in the developing world), pollution in urban centers, and certain agricultural dust exposures. By far, the largest slice of the pie is from cigarette use. This is the thing over which you have the most control. Just. Don't. Smoke. ...Read more
Diagnosis...: Chronic cough is a form of copd, usually related to smoking. The diagnosis is typically made by the clinical scenario, physical exam and pulmonary function testing. See your doctor so this evaluation can be completed. If diagnosed, part of the treatment includes smoking cessation so if you are smoking, you need to quit asap. ...Read more
Diagnosis...: The diagnosis of chronic bronchitis is made via a physician's evaluation of the patient in conjunction with pulmonary function testing, which demonstrates the chronic obstruction as well as its severity. Pulse ox is used to determine if there is adequate oxygenation whereas abg analysis can determine if there is adequate ventilation as well as oxygenation. ...Read more
Yes...: Chronic bronchitis is a form of copd, typically caused by smoking. It is a slowly progressive, incurable disease so, once diagnosed, it is permanent. The way to prevent it is to avoid smoking or quit now if your are smoking. Once diagnosed, smoking cessation will slow disease progression but the disease is incurable. Smoking cessation also decreases the risk of lung cancer and other cancers, too. ...Read more
Treatment...: Chronic bronchitis is a form of copd. If you are still smoking, you need to quit. Treatment includes bronchodilator and steroid inhalers as well as oxygen therapy, if your oxygen level is low. You need to see your doctor for treatment as other treatment depends on your symptoms. There is no cure and it is a slowly progressive disease so see your doctor. ...Read more
Depends: This is a tough question to answer as there are may different treatments depending on the presenting symptoms. The triggers, prior treatments, and any other underlying medical conditions. ...Read more
COPD: Chronic bronchitis is a form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or copd. There is no cure but there are treatments to control symptoms. It is a slowly progressive disease. The most important thing you can do to slow the progression further is to quit smoking if you currently smoke. Your doctor can help with smoking cessation. ...Read more
Cough, phlegm: Could be from smoking or other irritants, associated with sinuses too, and mainly smoking. Good time to quit. ...Read more
Treat the cause: Bronchitis is usually temporary, and caused by a viral infection. If it is chronic, there is a reason - either allergies, or a sinus infection, or smoking or other irritants in the air. Sometimes there is an immune deficiency. If you don't want to use medication, you need to see a pulmonary specialist or allergist to find out if there is a treatable cause and deal with it. If you smoke, stop now. ...Read more
Do you smoke?: Chronic bronchitis is usually the result of repetitive episodes of acute bronchitis or chronic irritants to the respiratory tract. The most common of these is cigarette smoke, or exposure to toxic fumes. Occasionally there are genetic conditions which create the risk of chronic bronchitis, but these should be discussed with your family doctor or with a pulmonologist. ...Read more
Progressive: COPD tends to be progressive. But inhaled & oral meds, along with smoking cessation, & supplemental oxygen if needed, can significantly slow the progress. Other ills, like heart disease, make it worse. End-stage sign is acute flare up episodes ("exacerbations") requiring more frequent hospital stays. That's the time to focus on life quality over life prolonging care (hospice). Hope that helps. ...Read more
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