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What are the odds of us getting bronchitis if someone in the family is having it?

What are the odds of us getting bronchitis if someone in the family is having it?

Possibly high...: If a family member develops acute bronchitis, other people living in the home are at risk of acquiring the infection. The best interventions to prevent the spread of infection include frequent hand washing as well as not sharing the same utensils, drinking glass, toothbrush, etc. The person with bronchitis needs to be treated to decrease the risk of spreading infection. ...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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My husband has bronchitis and i was wondering if any of our family could get it as well?

My husband has bronchitis and i was wondering if any of our family could get it as well?

Yes : Respiratory illness can be exchanged between people in close proximity. Ensure good hand washing techniques and healthy diet. Talk to physician if you feel that this illness might spread. ...Read more

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What are the odds of getting bronchitis?

What are the odds of getting bronchitis?

Why gamble?: You get sick when you are susceptible...You are susceptible when you are tired, have poor diet, smoke, run yourself ragged, stressed etc. Eating well, eliminating junk food/processed food, drinking water, staying hydrated, getting rest, etc are all ways to reduce your chances of getting any illness. Being seen when you are coughing up phlegm or have prolonged symptoms also helps. ...Read more

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Family member is 54 yo and has been smoking since 14 yo. Now experiences chronic seasonal bronchitis and periodic pneumonia. She had a very minor car accident at work and had to submit to a breath tester for alcohol as a condition of employment. No one

Family member is 54 yo and has been smoking since 14 yo.  Now experiences chronic seasonal bronchitis and periodic pneumonia. She had a very minor car accident at work and had to submit to a breath tester for alcohol as a condition of employment.  No one

No one what??: Wish i had the end of your posting. Heavy smokers, esp who start early, are often drinkers, sometimes heavy ones. Since i don't really know what your question is, i will assume that her breath test was positive. Get a professional evaluation by an addiction counselor or physician&work on smoking cessation. Alanon may be helpful for family members and friends to deal with reactions to alcohol use. ...Read more

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I have had 2 sinus infections in less than 2 months and also bronchitis. My family and i keep getting sick. Is there anything to do to prevent this.

Possibly: You can try to humidify your airways with cool mist humidifier, you can use a netti cup to irrigate your sinuses. Wash your hands often, and eat lots of vegetables and fruit. If it continues, you should have your immune system checked as well as allergy testing. ...Read more

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I went to ER last night for possible bronchitis or throat infection the ER gave me amoxicillen and today my family doctor gave me cipro (ciprofloxacin) which one work?

I went to ER last night for possible bronchitis or throat infection the ER gave me amoxicillen and today my family doctor gave me cipro (ciprofloxacin) which one work?

Both: Either antibiotic may be adequate to treat bronchitis if the infection is due to a bacteria. If you got the Amoxil one day and Cipro (ciprofloxacin) the next, you probably should give the first medication several days to see if it works. If the infection is due to a virus, antibiotics will not help. It's difficult to differentiate between bacteria and virus, but virus is usually a more common cause of bronchitis. ...Read more

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How could someone get permanent asthma from bronchitis?

How could someone get permanent asthma from bronchitis?

Asthma vs bronchitis: Asthma is a chronic disease - the result of inflammation in the airways of the lungs. It can be worsened by a number of triggers, and the disease is managed with medications that control the inflammation and open the airways. Bronchitis is also due to inflammation, but is usually short-lived and the result of a virus. You may have a nagging cough for a few weeks, but won't develop asthma. ...Read more