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Should I go to a doctor for bronchitis?

Should I go to a doctor for bronchitis?

Acute?: If you have an acute bronchitis, see your doctor if you develop shortness of breath, high fever or if your symptoms are worsening over time. Also, if your symptoms do not completely resolve by about 10 days, see your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Bronchitis (Definition)

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi (airways that carry air from the trachea to the more distal parts of the lungs, or bronchioles). Bronchitis may be caused by either viral or bacterial infections, and is treated with antibiotics , steroids, inhaled bronchodilators, or mucolytics. Bronchitis can be acute or chronic. The latter is usually associated with smoking and may be part of COPD. Both acute and chronic bronchitis can lead to other serious conditions, including pneumonia with ...Read more


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My kid has had a loud cough for about a week. No fever. When should I go see my doctor? Could it be bronchitis? How would i know?

My kid has had a loud cough for about a week. No fever. When should I go see my doctor? Could it be bronchitis? How would i know?

Viral or allergic: Bronchitis in children is common and almost always caused by a virus, an extension of the virus that caused a cold. Asthmatic bronchitis is also a possibility. Medications are not particularly helpful for viral bronchitis but can help asthma, so if the cough is not improving, he/she should see a pediatrician. ...Read more

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What are the best home remidies for bronchitis? I don't have insurance and no time to go to the doctor

What are the best home remidies for bronchitis? I don't have insurance and no time to go to the doctor

Doctors may not help: Conventional medicines like antibiotics have been proven to not help bronchitis so you don't HAVE to see a doctor. I advise Pelargonium sidoides, a herbal tincture sold as Umcka in US) if you can get it. Homeopathy often helps- see http://tinyurl.com/zuwx6u9 for info on this and other natural remedies. For many other good remedies see http://tinyurl.com/h48jol6 I advise Vit C, zinc and garlic. ...Read more

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I have had bronchitis for about 2 weeks and have yet to go to the doctor. I have a 5 month old daughter what should I do to keep her from getting it?

I have had bronchitis for about 2 weeks and have yet to go to the doctor. I have a 5 month old daughter what should I do to keep her from getting it?

Respiratory: Usually bronchitis is viral and if it has been 2 weeks already you baby probably has been exposed to it, if it were infectious. But follow general precautions, cough into a barrier, wash hands regularly. Dispose of tissues. But again it is difficult to isolate a baby from mother. ...Read more

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Hey doctor can u please answer my q I go tohospital 6 months ago I had bronchitis .And till now I don't feel iam back normal like before ?!when I work out

Hey doctor can u please answer my q I go tohospital 6 months ago I had bronchitis .And till now I don't feel iam back normal like before ?!when I work out

Bronchospasm?: You may be experiencing residual bronchospasm from your bronchitis. This can be treated with bronchodilator and steroid inhalers so see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Note: you can return to your original doctor and tell him or her about your ongoing symptoms and see what treatment they advise. If symptoms persist after that, seek a second opinion from another doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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Should i go back to the doctors office i still do not feel better after 5 days of having bronchitis?

Should i go back to the doctors office i still do not feel better after 5 days of having bronchitis?

Yes: Generally speaking, if you do not feel any better 5 days after being DX (and i assume treated) for a bronchitis, than i would make another appt. With the dr. Possibly the antibx you took was ineffective (bacteria was not sensitive to the medicine). Good luck. ...Read more

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I've been to the doc twice in 2 weeks for bronchitis, but i still really hurt when i cough. Should i be going back in? Going on vacation next week.

I've been to the doc twice in 2 weeks for bronchitis, but i still really hurt when i cough.  Should i be going back in? Going on vacation next week.

Painful Cough: It depends how you have been treated so far. A painful cough can be a symptom of pneumonia, bronchitis, tsetse's syndrome (costo-chondritis) and strained inter-costal muscles. Get another opinion if you don't improve... You may need a chest x-ray or a ct scan. ...Read more

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Why won't my doctor treat my bronchitis?

Why won't my doctor treat my bronchitis?

Bronchitis: Most bronchitis results from smoking or viral infections. There is not always an effective treatment available. Evaluation from a pulmonary MD may be helpful if there is a question as to whether this is really just bronchitis ...Read more

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When should you see a doctor if u suspect bronchitis?

When should you see a doctor if u suspect bronchitis?

3 weeks: When to see a doctor: see your doctor if your cough: lasts more than three weeks, prevents you from sleeping, is accompanied by fever over 100.4 f (38 c), produces discolored mucus, produces blood (hemoptysis), is associated with wheezing or shortness of breath. ...Read more

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What can I use for bronchitis if I don't have a doctor?

What can I use for bronchitis if I don't have a doctor?

Many viral /will pas: Many episodes of bronchitis will self heal with proper hydration, rest and diet. Otc meds that help you thin your secretions, like robatussin can be helpful. Over time the cough may pass but could take a couple wks. A secondary infection of greater importance could develop.Focal chest pain, fever >101.5> 2days, prolonged dizziness, etc would prompt a visit to a local clinic. ...Read more

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