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Should I still go to work if I have bronchitis?

Should I still go to work if I have bronchitis?

Perhaps...: If you don't have a fever or severe body aches, or shortness of breath, then you can likely go to work. Drink plenty of fluids and cough/sneeze into your elbow. Wash your hands often and avoid crowds. This usually has a viral origin so antibiotics are not needed or helpful. You will likely feel better in a few days. Rest as much as possible. Stay home and see your doctor if symptoms worsen. ...Read more

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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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Left over cough from bronchitis that's been gone for 2 or 3 weeks, still have the cough. Will a regular cough suppressant work for now?

Yes: It's not unusual for a cough to last for 4-6 weeks after a bout of bronchitis. Over the counter cough suppressants are good to take to control your symptoms. Drink plenty of liquids. Honey can help soothe your throat if it becomes inflamed from the coughing. ...Read more

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I was recently dx with bronchitis & pneumonia. Fever free for more than 24 hrs, but I still have a productive cough. Is it okay to go back to work?

I was recently dx with bronchitis & pneumonia. Fever free for more than 24 hrs, but I still have a productive cough. Is it okay to go back to work?

Depends: There is No definitive correct answer here, but your Treating provider would be able to best answer that question. Depending on the time and onset of your symptoms, how many days treatment of antiBx you have had, etc all may play a role in a return to work date. If you work alone, you may be fine, but if you are around many others in a closed space, then a productive cough would be frowned upon. ...Read more

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Still sick i got sick last month, ( or longer) I have asthma have never really had an issue with it until now. Went to the ER finally. Had some bronchitis going on sent home with antibotics, felt a little better, went back to work got sick again, a lot pa

Still sick i got sick last month, ( or longer) I have asthma have never really had an issue with it until now. Went to the ER finally. Had some bronchitis going on sent home with antibotics, felt a little better, went back to work got sick again, a lot pa

Agree: I agree with the other poster, if this indeed is the case, as a pulmonary specialist, i would want to do a work up on your that may include breathing tests, chest imaging, and an immune system (immunoglobulin) assessment. If you are a smoker i would highly recommend you quit asap to see if that helps. ...Read more

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I have strep and bronchitis soI called into work yesterday morning. This morning I still have a really bad cough and my sinuses are bad. Work or no?

I have strep and bronchitis soI called into work yesterday morning. This morning I still have a really bad cough and my sinuses are bad. Work or no?

No: You're probably still very contagious. Do your coworkers a favor and stay away! Not to mention your ineffectiveness at work with such a bad cough. This time of year, when ill, staying indoors as much as possible will help you breathe better and therefore feel better faster. ...Read more

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I've been ill with really bad bronchitis for the past couple of days. When to go back to work?

I've been ill with really bad bronchitis for the past couple of days. When to go back to work?

72 hours after insti: It depends on whether it is viral or bacterial. On average if you are on antibiotic she should be able to return to work within 72 hours. At that time and he should not be contagious to anyone else. ...Read more

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What to do if I have acute bronchitis, should I go to work tomorrow?

What to do if I have acute bronchitis, should I go to work tomorrow?

Bronchitis: Over the last several years, with bird flu and swine flu, many of us in health care were more vocal about sick patients staying home from work. Bronchitis is an upper respiratory illness and as such, one of your symptoms is cough. Every time you cough, you spread whatever you are sick with, be it a virus or bacteria. In order to reduce the chances of your co-workers getting sick, stay home. ...Read more

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Should I go to work one day after starting medications for bronchitis and laryngitis? Need mask?

Should I go to work one day after starting medications for bronchitis and laryngitis? Need mask?

Bronchitislaryngitis: As long as you do not have a high fever, you can go back to work. I hope you did not get prescribed an antibiotic because your conditions are caused by a virus. There's no need to wear a mask as long as you cover your mouth when you cough and , of couse, wash your hands when they are used). ...Read more

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How do medications work to treat bronchitis?

How do medications work to  treat bronchitis?

Acute? Chronic?: Acute bronchitis is caused by infection, usually either bacterial or viral. If there is a bacterial infection, antibiotics are used to eradicate it. Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, is typically treated with bronchodilators to relieve bronchospasm and steroid inhalers to reduce inflammation as well as smoking cessation to slow disease progression and prevent further complications. ...Read more

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I have bronchitis and can't take off work. What are my options?

Drugs and rest: See your doctor. Load up on your antibiotics, get pleny of rest and plenty of fluids. Rest is one of your best treatmens but it sounds like you are not going to do that anyway. ...Read more