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My sister has bronchitis. What should I tell her?

My sister has bronchitis. What should I tell her?

Don't Worry: Bronchitis is infalmation of the large bronchi (breathing tubes) of our upper part of our airway. Most are caused by a virus in pediatrics but can be caused by a bacteria in some. It causes you to cough. Those caused by a virus will go away in time without madication. Asthma is a type of bronchitis too. ...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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My brother has narcolepsy. What should I tell him?

My brother has narcolepsy. What should I tell him?

Chronic condition: Narcolepsy is a chronic medical condition caused by the loss of a chemical in the brain (orexin/hypocretin). The symptoms include excessive daytime sleepiness, vivid dreams, sleep paralysis, and sometimes the brief loss of muscle tone (cataplexy). A sleep study can make the diagnosis. See your doctor if concerned as there are treatments. www.wakeupnarcolepsy.org is a good source of information. ...Read more

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My brother has lymphoma. What should I tell him?

My brother has lymphoma. What should I tell him?

Mostly curable: There are two main types of lymphoma, hodgkins and non hodgkins. Most of them are highly curable and treatment mostly consists of chemotherapy and radiation. The exact prognosis depends on the stage, the pathology and size of lymphoma. For most cases we can be optimistic about outcome. ...Read more

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My brother has bacterial tracheitis. What should I tell him?

My brother has bacterial tracheitis. What should I tell him?

Should get better: Unless your brother has some form of immune deficiency he should get quite better with appropriate treatment. Any form of infection can produce some damages to tissues which may then increases susceptibility to other infections, but this is not necessarily going to occur. ...Read more

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My mother has pigeon-chest. What should I tell her?

My mother has pigeon-chest. What should I tell her?

Stay call: This a congenital deformity. Pt needs to keep active, avoid fumes & smoking (as everybody should), postural exercises. Be check by a pmr or orthopedic doctor to reviewed any other problem & if any severe problem & check a pulmonasry function to be on the safe side. ...Read more

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My brother has pinworms. What should I tell him?

My brother has pinworms. What should I tell him?

An infection: Pinworms are a parasitic infection caused by ingesting (eating) the eggs of the pinworm. If one doesn't wash his or her hands after touching a contaminated surface or item then he/she can get pinworms. The symptoms include anal itching. The treatment is to take one chewable pill and wash all bedding in hot water. It is wise to treat the entire family (at least the children). Treat again in 10 days. ...Read more

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My brother has kidney cancer. What should I tell him?

My brother has kidney cancer. What should I tell him?

See a urolgist: You should have your brother get further evaluated by a urologist and/or an oncologist to determine the best course of treatment. Early cancers can be removed surgically. More advanced cancers can be treated with medications. Some types of kidney cancer are very slow growing and may be tracked by ct scans rather than be treated. ...Read more

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How do I tell my young daughter that her mother has cancer?

How do I tell my young daughter that her mother has cancer?

Simple/positive: For the young child short simple words with repitition over time will communicate the basics. Young kids face some additional needs that can be addressed over time: they did not do or say or wish anything that made mommy sick. There will always be someone making sure she has meals to eat & places to play & sleep if mommy is away trying to get better. Let her ask when ready but repeat often. ...Read more

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My daughters doctor says she has HSP what should I do now?

My daughters doctor says she has HSP what should I do now?

Henoch-Schonlein: The process classified as hsp is usually a simple one with the onset of a disturbing rash, various areas of swelling & some pain. Some patients will have kidney involvement & blood or protein in the urine & pain or swelling can be worrisome. Most cases will self heal over a few weeks & require only observation & pain management. Followup aimed monitoring kidney status is routine. ...Read more

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Kids' favorite aunt came to visit. Told me she has frostbite. What should I tell my children?

Kids' favorite aunt came to visit. Told me she has frostbite. What should I tell my children?

The truth: Just tell the kids that their aunt froze her [fingers, toes, nose, etc]. There's not really any reason to tell them anything else. Is she missing some fingers or something? ...Read more

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My mother has chickenpox. What should I tell her?

My mother has chickenpox. What should I tell her?

Chicken pox: Chicken pox is a self-limited infection. However, in patients outside of childhood the symptoms can be much more severe with complications not usually seen in children. Since chicken pox is not a very common disease (most of us have either had the disease or have been vaccinated) i would make sure the diagnosis is certain. You really should have someone have a look at her. ...Read more

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My father has breakbone fever. What should I tell him?

My father has breakbone fever. What should I tell him?

He will be fine: If he is getting medical care. Most persons with "breakbone fever", aka dengue fever are not at risk, but just feel miserable with fever and deep aching pain. However a subset (interestingly, those who have had dengue before) can get really sick with vasccular leak and even overt bleeding. These patients need a hospital with IV fluids, blood transfusions, and medical expertise. ...Read more

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My sister has anxiety disorders. What should I tell her?

My sister has anxiety disorders. What should I tell her?

Psychotherapy: Suggest to her that she seek a competent psychotherapist. An anxiety disorder is a fear of a hidden object. A therapist can help her learn what the hidden fear is and deal with it. An anxiety disorder is no fun. Anxiety can also be a presenting symptom of depression. ...Read more

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What should I do if my brother has measles?

What should I do if my brother has measles?

Seek immunization: You are having a chance to see, first hand, the results that individuals pay for the anti-immunization fraud. If your brother dies or suffers brain damage, he has my sympathy. The immunization is 90% effective, and we depend on others to keep the community herd immunity up. If you've not been immunized, phone your physician and insist that you get the injections now. ...Read more

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Kids' favorite aunt came to visit. Told me she has cholesteatoma. What should I tell my children?

Kids' favorite aunt came to visit. Told me she has cholesteatoma. What should I tell my children?

It is not that bad: Tell them that she has a problem with her ear that is very much like having very bad wax that has the ability to, over time, erode bone. It needs to be treated with surgery and afterwords she may have some problems hearing. ...Read more

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My mother has bronchogenic carcinoma. What should I tell her?

My mother has bronchogenic carcinoma. What should I tell her?

She has options: Discuss with her oncologist the extent of her lung cancer and the type and stage. The oncologist will tell you the options available to your mom for her condition and age. Depending on stage and what she is a candidate for, she will have options of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy available. Though sometimes the disease can be far advanced and cause symptoms, there are options. ...Read more

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My sister has heart failure. What should I tell her?

My sister has heart failure. What should I tell her?

Cause and drugs: She needs to know what caused her heart failure first, then there are medications that can help in alevating her symptoms. ...Read more

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My father has baker's cyst. What should I tell him?

My father has baker's cyst. What should I tell him?

Baker's Cyst: A baker's cyst or popliteal cyst occurs behind the knee joint. It may remain swollen or it may vary. A cyst is a fluid filled cavity which usually communicates with the knee joint. Often the cause of the cyst is a torn meniscus. I often tell patients that draining the cyst would be analagous to cutting a weed. You have to find the source of the cyst. An MRI is used to help locate the source. ...Read more

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My father has compartment syndrome. What should I tell him?

My father has compartment syndrome. What should I tell him?

"ask your doctor": Is your father in the hospital? What part of the body has compartment syndrome? Can your father ask his doctor? Can you be with your father and ask questions? Ask the doctor what it means, and ask your father what he wants to know. ...Read more

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My sister has bronchitis. What should I tell her?

Don't Worry: Bronchitis is infalmation of the large bronchi (breathing tubes) of our upper part of our airway. Most are caused by a virus in pediatrics but can be caused by a bacteria in some. It causes you to cough. Those caused by a virus will go away in time without madication. Asthma is a type of bronchitis too. ...Read more

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My little sister has bronchitis, and my throat is starting to hurt bad. Could I have caught bronchitis from her?

My little sister has bronchitis, and my throat is starting to hurt bad. Could I have caught bronchitis from her?

Infection: Yes, you could have contracted what ever viral or bacterial infection she may have but you may manifest the infection as sinusitis, otitis, pharyngitis, laryngitis or bronchitis depending on where the infection starts. Talk to your parents if you have any symptoms. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my little sister has bronchitis, and my throat is starting to hurt bad. can I catch bronchitis from her?

What do you suggest if my little sister has bronchitis, and my throat is starting to hurt bad. can I catch bronchitis from her?

Sore throat: Clearly you are using someone else's account and you are likely a very young minor since you don't reveal your age or any other medical history. If you suspect you may have contracted an infection, please talk to your parents and may need to be seen by a doctor. ...Read more

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How do I tell if I have bronchitis?

How do I tell if I have bronchitis?

Wheezing?: Inflammation of the airways will often cause wheezing or coughing when you exhale forcefully. Bronchitis typically develops after a prolonged cold where new fevers develop and sputum that is colored. See your doctor if your common cold is worsening after a week. ...Read more

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Tell me about symptoms of bronchitis?

Tell me about symptoms of bronchitis?

Symptoms...: Symptoms of bronchitis include cold symptoms, productive cough, fever. The inflammation can also cause bronchospasm. The severity of symptoms determines whether it is likely due to viral infection or bacterial infection. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how long can bronchitis last?

Can you tell me how long can bronchitis last?

On average: On average, symptoms of bronchitis such as cough, can last anywhere from 10-20 days. Factors that may prolong this include any underlying chronic health conditions such as COPD or asthma. ...Read more

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Can u please tell me some drugs for bronchitis ?

Sure: , over the counter, robittussin dm, delsym, Vicks formula 44, if smoker or older, antibiotics, inhalers, Mucinex (guaifenesin) or steroids. ...Read more

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Can i tell me how i can treat bronchitis in children?

Can i tell me how i can treat bronchitis in children?

Many self heal: Much of what is labeled bronchitis is caused by respiratory viruses.With proper rest, nutrition and hydration, the problem self heals over a week or two. Occasionally they are complicated by ear, nasal or other airway infections that are bacterial and need specific treatment.A doc can sort that out. ...Read more

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How do you tell if your bronchitis is acute or chronic?

How do you tell if your bronchitis is acute or chronic?

Clinically...: Acute bronchitis is typically caused by an infection so, besides an acute onset of productive cough and possibly shortness of breath, other symptoms of infection would be present like fever, chills, body aches, malaise, etc. Chronic bronchitis is not caused by an infection so those symptoms would not be present and the productive cough lasts much longer. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how bronchitis start and what is it like?

Can you tell me how bronchitis start and what is it like?

Bronchitis: Bronchitis is caused by inflammation in the major airways leading to the lungs.
Typical symptoms of bronchitis can include: cough that brings up mucus, shortness of breath, wheezing, mild fever, feeling tired & discomfort of the chest. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have chronic bronchitis?

How to tell if I have chronic bronchitis?

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

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How can I tell if I have pneumonia or bronchitis?

You cannot: That difference would require an exam and likely a chest x-ray. ...Read more

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Pneumonia or bronchitis, how can I tell difference?

Chest xray: The best way to tell the difference is with a chest xray which would diagnosis pneumonia - without an abnormality on chest xray, it is most likely bronchitis. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could bronchitis turn into pneumonia?

Please tell me, could bronchitis turn into pneumonia?

Yes: The diagnosis of bronchitis is made by a physician, from a thorough history and physical. It is generally a self-limiting inflammation of the airways in the lung due to an upper respiratory infection. In general, it includes a cough that last at least 5 days and is associated with sputum production. Pneumonia can develop from bronchitis. ...Read more

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How can you tell when bronchitis turns into pneumonia?

How can you tell when bronchitis turns into pneumonia?

May be difficult: It can be difficult to tell the difference some times, but pneumonia typically is more severe with more cough and mucous production as well as fevers. Bronchitis tends to be more mild, but if you have underlying COPD or other lung disease it may be more difficult to tell. A chest xray and physical exam can help distinguish. ...Read more