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Can I go to school with acute bronchitis?

Can I go to school with acute bronchitis?

Depends...: It depends on the severity of your symptoms. If you have a severe, productive cough, you probably should stay home until the cough lessens. If you have a fever or shortness of breath, you should stay home and see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. If your symptoms are mild and they are improving and there is no fever, it is probably ok to go to school. See your doctor if you are not sure! ...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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Should I go to school with acute bronchitis?

Should I go to school with acute bronchitis?

Depends: Depends if your symptoms are improving or if you have a fever. If you are without a fever and your cough is improving, you can return to school provided u cover your mouth when u cough and wash ur hands frequently or use purell. ...Read more

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Could I still go to school with acute bronchitis?

Could I still go to school with acute bronchitis?

No: Acute bronchitis, even if viral in origin, can cause other people in the classroom to receive this infection. Wait until you are completely asymptomatic. ...Read more

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I have acute bronchitis and asthma should I go to school tommorow?

I have acute bronchitis and asthma should I go to school tommorow?

Asthma & bronchitis: It depends, on how you feel, how long have been on treatment, if you are stable with no fever, not too much cough, no trouble breathing & no wheezing, yes you can, perhaps it would be better for you if you skip gym this week, you will need a doctor's note to go back to school. Feel better &good luck. ...Read more

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What causes acute bronchitis to develop?

What causes acute bronchitis to develop?

Infection...: Acute bronchitis is caused by an infection of the airways; usually bacterial or viral etiology. ...Read more

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I think I have acute bronchitis--what should I do?

I think I have acute bronchitis--what should I do?

Bronchitis: If you're young and otherwise healthy chances are the bronchitis is viral. Just use over the counter medications to treat a cough if you have it. If you're starting to have high fevers or chills or if you've had bronchitis for more than 10 days you may need antibiotics. ...Read more

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Medication for acute bronchitis if I have bronchitis?

Medication for acute bronchitis if I have bronchitis?

May not need any: Bronchitis is most often caused by viral illnesses and anitbiotics typically do not offer much benefit. Often, bronchitis/coughing gets worse over 1st week and slowly improves, but may linger on for several weeks. As long as not having high fever, colored phlegm etc...Otc such as mucinex-d/dm, delsym, (dextromethorphan) tussin etc. May help. Fluid, rest, and time will often suffice. If worsen, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is acute bronchitis contagious?

Yes: Acute bronchitis is currently considered to be caused mostly by viruses, which are quite contagious. It can be transmitted in the air, by coughing, and by contact with the sick person's hands (if the hands have been coughed on or touched the mouth). The most contagious period is usually early in the illness, and shortly before the illness begins to show symptoms. ...Read more

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Until when is acute bronchitis contagious?

Until when is acute bronchitis contagious?

Depends....: There are many different bacteria and viruses that can cause acute bronchitis, each with a different incubation period and shedding time. So, the amount of time a person is contagious depends on which organism is causing the infection. ...Read more

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How long is acute bronchitis contagious for?

How long is acute bronchitis contagious for?

It is not contagious: Acute bronchitis is a reaction to a viral respiratory infection (vri) by suseptible indiviuals, leading to frequent cough, increased mucus production, chest tightness, wheezing. Less than 20% of the population over react to the irritation of a vri with symptoms noted previously. The underlying vri is contagious for 24 hr before the onset of symptoms and for about 5 days after the symptoms begin. ...Read more

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How is acute bronchitis be fatal in an elder?

How is acute bronchitis be fatal in an elder?

Infection...: Acute bronchitis is due to infection of the airways. If the infection is severe enough, it could result in decreased oxygen levels in the body which, in turn, could cause the heart to have a fatal arrhythmia. Fortunately, this does not happen often as most cases of acute bronchitis resolve with treatment. It could also infect the lungs, causing pneumonia, which is sometimes fatal, esp in elderly. ...Read more

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Is my acute bronchitis contageous? For how long?

What is the cause?: If its caused by a virus or bacteria.You are contagious until you are under treatment for a bacterial infection. For a viral illness you may be contagious for four to seven days. Acute bronchitis caused by allergy (asthma) doesn't not carry an allergic component. ...Read more

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What is the relation between acute bronchitis and smoking?

What is the relation between acute bronchitis and smoking?

Smoking aggrevation: Acute bronchitis usually means you have an acute infection, but is certainly being aggregated by smoking. ...Read more

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What increases my risk for acute bronchitis besides smoking?

What increases my risk for acute bronchitis besides smoking?

Infection...: If you are exposed to a person with acute bronchitis, you could inhale their infection when they cough. Avoiding people who are sick as much as possible will decrease your risk of acquiring the infection in this manner. Also, frequent hand washing will prevent transferring the bacteria or virus to your mucous membranes, another way of acquiring the infection. ...Read more

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What is the difference between acute bronchitis and pneumonia?

What is the difference between acute bronchitis and pneumonia?

Location, Location: Bronchitis is an inflammation/infection of the bronchial tubes (airways) whereas pneumonia is an infection/inflammation of the air sacs of the lungs (alveoli). Both can cause similar symptoms (fever, chest pain, cough, sputum production) but sound different when your health care provider listens to your lungs. Also pneumonia can typically be seen on chest xray and bronchitis cannot. ...Read more

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What to do if I have acute bronchitis can it turn into pneumonia?

What to do if I have acute bronchitis can it turn into pneumonia?

Bronchitis: If untreated bacterial bronchitis can progress to pneumonia particularly in ummunocompromised patients. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can buy over-the-counter for acute bronchitis?

Is there anything I can buy over-the-counter for acute bronchitis?

Bronchitis: You may not know that bronchitis can be a viral infection so you may not need an antibiotic. Drink a lot of fluids and get some cough remedies. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get acute bronchitis without first having a cold?

Is it possible to get acute bronchitis without first having a cold?

Yes: Viral or bacterial and even smoking and chemical can all cause bronchial irritation and inflammation which is bronchitis. ...Read more

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