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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I am coughing and my chest and throat hurt, along awith my whole body. Do I need to see a family practice? I am 15 weeks pregnant and I think its bronchitis

I am coughing and my chest and throat hurt, along awith my whole body. Do I need to see a family practice? I am 15 weeks pregnant and I think its bronchitis

Yes: You should see your family doctor. It might be viral but you should be checked to make sure no other complications like wheezing. You should also check yourself for fever.

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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.

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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.

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How can a person get bronchitis?

How can a person get bronchitis?

Many causes: Smoking, chemical exposure, chronic infections, autoimmune diseases and many other causes.

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How do I get bronchitis gone asap?

How do I get bronchitis gone asap?

Viral or bacterial: Viral bronchitis is characterized by coughing some clear mucus and will usually last less than a week. Antibiotics are ineffective and not recommended for viral bronchitis. Bacterial bronchitis is productive of yellow or green mucus with a lot of bacteria and will linger for 7-14 days if left untreated with a lot of fatigue.

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How can I get help for severe bronchitis?

How can I get help for severe bronchitis?

See doctor...: If you have acute bronchitis, you may need antibiotics if there is a bacterial infection present. Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, is treated with bronchodilator and steroid inhalers. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. If shortness of breath is present, you need to be seen asap so go to the er if your doctor cannot see you today!

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What can do get bronchitis symptoms to be relieved?

What can do get bronchitis symptoms to be relieved?

Bronchitis: To help your cough I would first suggest stopping the tobacco use, even if its just chewing tobacco. If the bronchitis is viral, often time is of the essence. Over the counter they sell medications to help suppress the cough which may be helpful.

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Why might I develop bronchitis each time I get a cold?

It's part of the col: It's not unusual to develop a cough at the tail end of a cold. People tend to call it bronchitis when they think they need antibiotics, even though studies shows that antibiotics are no more effective than placebo for treating bronchitis. Smokers often develop more of these symptoms after a cold than non-smokers do..

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How come I tend to develop bronchitis every time I get a cold?

How come I tend to develop bronchitis every time I get a cold?

Smoker?: Do have a history of smoking, if that's the case smoking keep defending system occupied and unable to perform regular duties: antiinfective. Also do you drink enough to hydrate and facilitate clearing of bronchi.

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What if I don't get my bronchitis taken care of? What will happen?

If bronchitis: It is probably viral, unless you are a smoker in which case it could be a secondary bacterial infection. Most of these cleaer up on their own, if you stop smoking, drink PLENTY of fluids and take something like Guaiafenesin to loosen up the phlegm and get it up and out. However, if you do not have a history of bronchitis it could be something else and you should probably be seen for a diagnosis.

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How long does it take to recover & get strength back from having bronchitis?

As much as 6 weeks: Effects on bronchial mucosa can take that long to revert to normal.

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Can you get bronchitis from dust?

Yes you can: Dusty environment can cause bronchitis often esp in pts with genetic predisposition for asthma.