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Doctor insights on: Shortness Of Breath After Bronchitis

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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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If I have shortness of breath after short exercises do I have bronchitis?

If I have shortness of breath after short exercises do I have bronchitis?

Not necessarily...: Acute bronchitis is caused by an infection of the airways and you would have symptoms of infection. Chronic bronchitis is a form of COPD and is usually due to cigarette smoking. This, too, would have other symptoms and not just decreased exercise tolerance. See your doctor to evaluate your decreased exercise tolerance, if present. ...Read more

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Is there an association between bronchitis and shortness of breath?

Is there an association between bronchitis and shortness of breath?

Possibly pneumonia: Most people with bronchitis do not suffer from shortness of breath but they do have a productive cough. If you have shortness of breath or fever then pneumonia is much more likely and you should be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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How long does constant shortness of breath from bronchitis last?

How long does constant shortness of breath from bronchitis last?

Depends...: If you have acute bronchitis, the cough may be due to bronchospasm, especially if it increases as your other symptoms improve. See your doctor because this can be treated with inhalers. If you have chronic bronchitis, you need to see your doctor so your treatment can be adjusted. If you smoke, you need to quit today and your doctor can help with this as well. ...Read more

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Normally, how long would the constant shortness of breath from bronchitis last?

Normally, how long would the constant shortness of breath from bronchitis last?

Bronchitis: During maximal bronchial edema from bronchitis the shortness of breath will remain, when the swelling in the bronchi is receding thus decreasiing the resistance to air flow, the shortness of breath will decrease. ...Read more

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Is there an association between acute bronchitis and shortness of breath and pain?

Is there an association between acute bronchitis and shortness of breath and pain?

Yes: Bronchitis is inflammation of the main bronchial tubes of the lungs. When they are inflamed, they cause coughing and sometimes shortness of breath. Most of the time its viral. ...Read more

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I have bronchitis and anxiety, I can't really tell the shortness of breath apart. Anything that sets the two apart?

I have bronchitis and anxiety, I can't really tell the shortness of breath apart. Anything that sets the two apart?

It doesn't matter: The effects of shortness of breath are the same - regardless of the cause - the feelings are too. If you have bronchitis (diagnosed) this is probably the cause now. After the bronchitis is gone, any remaining might be anxiety. It won't matter. Both conditions are unpleasant. Both are treatable. Get better in both ways and breathe easy. CBT helps w/ anxiety. Antibiotics for bronchitis. Best! ...Read more

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Does bronchitis cause shortness of breath and make it really hard to breathe? Is it heard with stethoscope?

Does bronchitis cause shortness of breath and make it really hard to breathe? Is it heard with stethoscope?

Bronchitis IS......: Swelling of the mucosal linings of the conductance tubes for air to reach your lungs from the outside. That swelling of the linings is often heard with a stethoscope & can be due to a variety of causes such as viral, bacterial, or chemical. Depending upon the cause appropriate medication or other interventions are usually prescribed. Ease of breathing can be affected during a bout. ...Read more

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Shortness of breath, normal 02 levels, no cough, no mucus. I had a diagnosis of acute bronchitis 10 days ago ; can this be something else?

Shortness of breath, normal 02 levels, no cough, no mucus. I had a diagnosis of acute bronchitis 10 days ago ; can this be something else?

Maybe asthma?: A lot of people don't like to here that they may have asthma but 1/3 of the American summer Olympic Team has asthma. It is way under diagnosed and not well treated when it is diagnosed. People are frequently told they have an infection like bronchitis or pneumonia and rxed with antibiotics inappropriately. You live in Iowa. They have an excellent pulmonology program at the University. Go there! ...Read more

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I teach + I have been home w/ acute bronchitis for 2 days. I cough up mucus + have some shortness of breath, but feel better. Can I return tomorrow?

I teach + I have been home w/ acute bronchitis for 2 days. I cough up mucus + have some shortness of breath, but feel better. Can I return tomorrow?

Flu; talk to doctor: U should not return to work until u r absolutely free of symptoms, as their is a risk of transmitting bronchitis to ur students. I assume u were tested for the flu; most bronchitis is viral in origin, & most viruses have no effective treatment. Most viruses run their course in 7 to 14 days. All u can do is hydrate, rest, get the influenza vaccine, & wait. Good luck, thanx for asking HealthTap! ...Read more

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I am experiencing bronchitis and asthma cough and wheezing (worsened by: in the evening, at night). Shortness of breath. What should I...

I am experiencing bronchitis and asthma cough and wheezing (worsened by: in the evening, at night). Shortness of breath. What should I...

Doctor can examine: An asthma patient may need more doses of asthma medication or a second medication, or just fine-tuning of her asthma meds. If the doctor feels there is bronchitis or pneumonia, an antibiotic may be needed. Sometimes a chest x-ray is done to see if there is something unusual going on, but a chest x-ray is usually not needed in simpler cases of asthma. ...Read more

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Have had a bad cough bronchitis for 3 months. E smoker stopped 5 years ago wheezing and shortness of breath. Have bad mucus dark green for 3 months?

Get treated: You need to get checked out and treated. Whether your problem is copd, asthma, bronchiectasis, or something else, the longer the illness goes on in a poorly-controlled state, the worse it will be for your long-term health. This applies to your entire body, including your heart, not just your lungs. ...Read more

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I've had a bad cough for two years and was told it's acute bronchitis 6 times. Now I have chest pain/shortness of breath/wheezing. What do I do?

I've had a bad cough for two years and was told it's acute bronchitis 6 times. Now I have chest pain/shortness of breath/wheezing. What do I do?

Mgt: An inbox consultation is available and the imaging may be reviewed at that time.
The imaging can be uploaded for review.
Have you had a CF sweat test? Do you have a history of sinusitis or other infections?
There are several possible causes and I would suggest an appointment. ...Read more

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Doc says I have chest infection n gave anti biotics. How soon can I expect my shortness of breath to be relieved. He says I dun have bronchitis.?

Monitor closely: If your dr is confident of the diagnosis of bronchitis (no pulmonary emboli or asthma/ copd, pneumonia)the "shortness of breath" should improve gradually while the cough is disappearing. It may take days or weeks, seldom 1 month or more. Shortness of breath should be monitored closely to make sure there is no serious condition causing the difficulty breathing. ...Read more

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Pneumonia, bronchitis or flu shortness of breath. Coughing, wheezing, chills, fever, bodyaches, headache

Pneumonia, bronchitis or flu shortness of breath. Coughing, wheezing, chills, fever, bodyaches, headache

Hello.: Hello. Can not distinguish between these three diagnoses based on this information. You will need a medical history, a physical examination to include auscultation of your lungs and you might need a chest xray as well. They will probably check your blood oxygen level and may also do some lab tests. Would play it safe and get evaluated at the emergency room, as there is a possibility that you could have pneumonia. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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Spitting up fresh blood with chunks of what looks like liver, can that be bronchitis I don't have a cough, shortness of breath, but I do smoke lightly?

Spitting up fresh blood with chunks of what looks like liver, can that be bronchitis I don't have a cough, shortness of breath, but I do smoke lightly?

Possibly: You're describing "gross hemoptysis with clots" - this can be caused by bronchitis but if one of those clots gets stuck in your breathing passage, you're going to have trouble breathing. You need to go to an ER for this now. ...Read more

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A Cold from 2 weeks ago turned into a productive cough, shortness of breath, night sweats, headache, clammy skin, no fever. Is it bronchitis?

A Cold from 2 weeks ago turned into a productive cough, shortness of breath, night sweats, headache, clammy skin, no fever. Is it bronchitis?

Or pneumonia?: Do you have a cool mist humidifier? Fill it with one bottle of hydrogen peroxide, and two bottles of water. That will give you a 1% aerosolized mist of hydrogen peroxide. The peroxide kills the bugs on contact (virus or bacteria) as you breath in the mist, and breaks down into water and oxygen. You should feel better in a day or two. ...Read more

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I have excess mucus in lungs/throat-barely comes up when I cough-Shortness of breath and I have to cough frequently. No Bronchitis. Maybe asthma?

I have excess mucus in lungs/throat-barely comes up when I cough-Shortness of breath and I have to cough frequently. No Bronchitis. Maybe asthma?

Cough/Sputum: If you have had a recent upper respiratory infection (past 3 months) and the cough/mucous started afterwards, this could be "post-infectious cough" that resembles cough-variant asthma. The latter is possible too. Further history taking is necessary to help direct you- I will be happy to see you in an online appointment or you could see your PCP as well. ...Read more

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Had bronchitis or pneumonia for much of last 18 months. Cough up sputum everyday. Wheezing fatigue shortness of breath. COPD or late onset asthma?

Had bronchitis or pneumonia for much of last 18 months. Cough up sputum everyday. Wheezing fatigue shortness of breath. COPD or late onset asthma?

COPD/asthma: The presentation may be similar or overlapping. Please see pulmonary specialist if you have this problem for 18 months ...Read more

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Symptoms of bronchitis? I have slight cough, some wheezing, shortness of breath for a week, clean chest xray, clean CT chest swollen eyes, stuffy nos

Symptoms of bronchitis? I have slight cough, some wheezing, shortness of breath for a week, clean chest xray, clean CT chest swollen eyes, stuffy nos

Bronchitis: Maybe it is allergies. In ohio right now the weeds are a blooming so it might be an asthma/allergy exacerbation. I would hope your doctor has considered treating you. ...Read more

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Experiencing for 2 yrs severe chronic fatigue, hair loss, no menstrual cycle, shortness of breath, nausea, frequent bronchitis, joint/muscle pain. Been taking adderol. Rbc platelet tibc others off. Med cause?

Experiencing for 2 yrs severe chronic fatigue, hair loss, no menstrual cycle, shortness of breath, nausea, frequent bronchitis, joint/muscle pain. Been taking adderol. Rbc platelet tibc others off. Med cause?

Fatigue: First must look at common causes such as thyroid disease and pituitary dysfunction. Assuming you don't have an eating disorder where restriction leads to malnutrition then the search needs to go other diseases such as autoimmune disease and rheumatological disorders. Adderal will not help as it may cause rebound depression making mood worse along with physical symptoms. Dysautonomia can cause this. ...Read more

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Shortness of breath not helped my inhaler or steroids never had asthma doc said acute broncitus but been 8 weeks?

Shortness of breath not helped my inhaler or steroids never had asthma doc said acute broncitus but been 8 weeks?

Be reassessed: It is unusual for you to remain SOB because of asthma after being treated for 8 weeks. You should return to your MD or to an urgent care center to be reviewed for other causes for your SOB. You may require a CXR or further testing. ...Read more

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I was just diagnosed with bronchitis. I am short of breath, but I really don't have a cough. I started to feel short of breath about a week ago?

Shortness of breath: For specific diagnosis please consult a doctor licensed in the US. If breathing troubles please get to the emergency room/doctor as soon as possible for a re-review.

Here is some general advice re possible causes of breathing problems as an idea of what might be going on:
http://patient. Info/blogs/sarah-says/2016/06/breathing-problems-common-causes-to-know ...Read more

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I had bronchitis 2 weeks ago and am still coughing short of breath when I walk upstairs. Is this normal?

I had bronchitis 2 weeks ago and am still coughing short of breath when I walk upstairs. Is this normal?

Mgt: You may have post infection inflammation in the lungs which can last for weeks. If the cough continues for 4 weeks, a follow up appt is indicated. If you notice any wheezing, you should use Albuterol. In the meantime, nasal saline rinses, rest and hydration is advised.
A follow up appt online:
healthtap. Com/DosanjhMD
Code: NCYHPZ ...Read more

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Shortness Of Breath (Definition)

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