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Should I still go to work if I have bronchitis?

Should I still go to work if I have bronchitis?

Depends on severity: If you feel health enough to go to work and are able to do the usual tasks needed for your work, it is not likely to do harm. However, if you have bouts of cough, shortness of breath, fever, expectoration or bronchitis due to whooping cough, you should seek care before returning to work. ...Read more

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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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 have had bronchitis since jan 1, been off work I am still coughing, bringing mucus up when I cough. Should I stay off work longer? How much longer?

I have had bronchitis since jan 1, been off work I am still coughing, bringing mucus up when I cough. Should I stay off work longer? How much longer?

Strictly: Speaking you are NOT "contagious" and can return to work. Ask your PCP (Primary Care Provider) for a COUGH SUPPRESSANT since your coughing may make your work contacts uncomfortable and it's not doing you a lot of good at this point!!!
Hope this helps!
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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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I have bronchitis and would like to know if it's safe to go into work when I work in fast food, around people and food.

I have bronchitis and would like to know if it's safe to go into work when I work in fast food, around people and food.

You are infectious: You most likely have a viral infection and will stay infectious for about 7-10 days. The right thing to do is to not expose others. The best way to do that is to stay out if work but you can also protect others by coughing into your sleeve and washing your hands any time you touch your face. ...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

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What leads to my bronchitis if I don't smoke or work in a coal mine?

What leads to my bronchitis if I don't smoke or work in a coal mine?

Bronchitis: In general, bronchitis can be a sign of a viral or bacterial infection. Cough specific syrups or tablets are readily available for relief. Decongestant medicines can help if the cough is related to sinus drainage. Giving the cough ample time to clear is advisable but if you develop fevers, shortness of breath, chest pains, or bloody sputum, it may be time to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Could I still dance and be active when I have a minor form of bronchitis?

Could I still dance and be active when I have a minor form of bronchitis?

Probably...: As long as you do not have shortness of breath or a severe cough, you should still be able to be active and exercise. If you develop increased breathing difficulty while exercising, stop and see your doctor for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with bronchitis. How long til I can work again? And is it serious if it's been 4 days having it and not knowing til now?

No: Generally speaking Bronchitis is not a life threatening condition unless associated with other illnesses (Cancer, HIV, COPD, Congestive heart failure and so on). At your age I anticipate you will recover from bronchitis without complications. Depending on the type of work that you do, you may go to work when symptoms are improving or have completely resolved. ...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 bronchitis can I go to work? I have been coughing a lot and have headaches.

I have bronchitis can I go to work? I have been coughing a lot and have headaches.

Bronchitis: If you are not in the hyperacute phase with feverishness, chills, continual coughing producing significant amounts of sputum or having wheezing and breathing difficulties, it's permissible to be up and about and working ias long as you're not in child care or health care. Some common sense would dictate where else some periodic coughing wouldn't be disruptive but from your health perspective ok. ...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?

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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Would an antibiotic still be in my system? Took the last one yesterday, or should I go back to the Dr to get more? Not over my bronchitis yet.

Would an antibiotic still be in my system? Took the last one yesterday, or should I go back to the Dr to get more? Not over my bronchitis yet.

Maybe doesn't matter: Most antibiotics drop to ineffective levels within 24 hours, but azithromycin (Zithromax, Z-pak), which is often used for bronchitis, lasts 7-10 days. However, it probably doesn't matter. Antibiotics often don't speed clearing of bronchitis; and when they do, probably only the first 5-7 days matters. After that, additional antibiotic usually makes no difference. But check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it safe to work out if you have bronchitis?

Is it safe to work out if you have bronchitis?

Of course: The bronchitis may bother you a bit as you exercise, but it is usually safe to exercise with bronchitis as long as you are up to it.

Just...Don't cough on anyone. :). ...Read more

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I don't smoke. Can I still get chronic bronchitis?

I don't smoke. Can I still get chronic bronchitis?

Yes: Yes u can if u r exposed to second hand smoke or if u have a chronic lung condition. ...Read more

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I have bronchitis. Should I return to work? Don't want to infect

Depends on how long: Thank you for thinking about that. Most bronchitis is viral and those illness are typically infectious for a week to 10 days. You can continue to have a cough after the infectious period is gone. If you are working in close contact to others it matters more to wait until you're sure you're not infectious. It's most important to cough into something that can stop droplet spread. ...Read more

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I read a blog post about bronchitis. But I'm still not clear - what is it?

I read a blog post about bronchitis. But I'm still not clear - what is it?

Infection: 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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I was diagnosed with accute bronchitis 7 days before. All other symptoms are gone by now but my cough is still here! Is it normal?

Reactive airways: Once your airways are inflamed by a viral illness, they may not settle down easily. I wonder if you've been diagnosed with asthma - or if any close relatives have that? If that's the case, you probably have some residual inflammation in the airways that is causing the cough. Albuterol might help. If it's bad a steroid inhaler like fluticasone would be needed. Talk to your doc about getting one. ...Read more

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I have Bronchitis and have been treated but I still have a cough some productive and some not should I see my dr. Again no pain at all.

I have Bronchitis and have been treated but I still have a cough some productive and some not should I see my dr. Again no pain at all.

May: Be. Cough may persist after treatment for a week or two. If you smoke that may even prolong the cough. You did not state your treatment. If bronchospasm was part of your presentation an brochodilator inhaler may be helpful. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with bronchitis 10 days ago. I feel better now but my cough is still present. I've been around people who smoke lately. Worried.

No worries: Viral bronchitis will resolve, sooner or later. From days to weeks. There is no reason to worry.

Smoking has become a "social no no". Fortunately second hand smoke does not cause lung damage, although more and more people find it very annoying. For real lung disease and cancer you have to smoke at least 30 years yourself, 20 cigarettes daily. Something you did not do.
Don't worry be happy! ...Read more

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I have bronchitis I may have caught from living in a room with damp in the air. The symptoms have bin for 6 month will 2 weeks of predisolone work?

Don't try: You should not be taking prednisone for 6 months of bronchitis until a doctor has done a complete physical exam, probably x-rays, perhaps sputum culture and is convinced it is not an infection and is a manifestation of asthma. ...Read more

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Girlfriend has significantly recovered from bronchitis she has had for just over two weeks. It is just a minor cough now. Should I still be concerned?

Girlfriend has significantly recovered from bronchitis she has had for just over two weeks. It is just a minor cough now. Should I still be concerned?

Not likely: There is reasonable data the a residual cough from a bout of acute bronchitis can last up to 8 weeks in some persons, more typically it's on the order of 2-3 weeks. As long as that's the only symptoms and not persistent fevers, chills, sweats, blood in the cough, shortness of breath and/or chest pain. If other symptoms persist or have arisen, she should seek in person help. Best of luck. ...Read more