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What does having bronchiolitis mean?

What does having bronchiolitis mean?

Lower resp Infection: Bronchiolitis is an infection of the small breathing tubes (bronchioles) of the lungs. It's usually caused by a virus. The infection can cause swelling in those small airways, extra fluid production, and therefore making it hard for your baby to breath sometimes. It usually start with some mild cough and congestion that progressively worsens and can lead to fast breathing. ...Read more

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Dr. HARRY OPSIMOS
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Bronchiolitis (Definition)

Bronchiolitis is a condition of inflammation and mucus production in bronchioles (which are small air passages in the lungs) resulting from a viral infection, usually affecting babies or toddlers. Symptoms typically include ...Read more


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I have copd(emphysema/bronchiolitis /asthma . A while ago I was coughing up pink sputum. Now my sputum is orange. What does that mean?

I have copd(emphysema/bronchiolitis /asthma . A while ago I was coughing up pink sputum. Now my 
 sputum is orange. What does that mean?

Infection possible: Change in sputum color is usually green or yellow; pink can mean small amounts of blood. Orange is unusual, but could mean infection. Check with your doctor. Some medicines can cause sputum to look orange - Rifampin comes to mind. ...Read more

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Does bronchiolitis usually cause many symptoms?

Cough and wheeze: Yes, bronchiolitis is typically an inflammation of the very small airways or bronchiole tubes in infants and is typically caused by a virus, often times the RSV virus. Symtoms include cough, wheezing, congestion, runny nose, fever, and other symptoms seen with viral illnesses. Very young, premature babies can be particularly affected by bronchiolitis. ...Read more

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How can I help my baby after he's had bronchiolitis?

How can I help my baby after he's had bronchiolitis?

Flu shot: Children who suffer from bronchiolitis are at increased risk of asthma. As such annual flu vaccines (starting at 6 months of years) are critical. ...Read more

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What is bronchiolitis?

Lung infection: Bronchiolitis is an infection of the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs (bronchioles). The small airways become inflamed, swollen and filled with mucus. This can lead to breathing difficulty. It is caused by viruses such as RSV and influenza. It is more common in children under age 2 and peaks at 3-6 months of age. ...Read more

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How do you control the coughing in a child diagnosed with bronchiolitis?

How do you control the coughing in a child diagnosed with bronchiolitis?

Supportive measures: Bronchiolitis has a viral cause and can last up to 2 weeks in normal children, usually infants. No antibiotics and no cough medications are indicated. Occasionally bronchodilators (inhaled) may benefit a child, and help with the cough, but are not often used unless an infant is hospitalized. ...Read more

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Describe the features of bronchiolitis.?

Bronchiolitis: Bronchiolitis is wheezing, coughing and congestion in an infant or baby caused by a virus most commonly RSV (respiratory syncytial virus). There is no antibiotic for bronchiolitis. In the case of small infants hospitalization may be necessary. Cough medicines are not very helpful. If the infant's breathing is rapid or labored then they need to be seen by the doctor right away. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of bronchiolitis?

Cough, fever: Bronchiolitis is common in infants and children, and is caused by viruses like respiratory syncitial virus (rsv). It causes a cough, runny nose, and fever. While this is generally not serious in children, some infants experience extreme difficulty breathing and may require breathing treatments and monitoring within the hospital. See your doctor if you are concerned. ...Read more

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How will bronchiolitis affect the health of my child?

Bronchiolitis: Bronchiolitis is a viral infection of the the smaller (bronchioles) breathing tubes. It is usually seen in the winter season. Bronchiolitis can be life-threatening in infants who were born premature, those who have congenital heart defects, cystic fibrosis and immune deficiency as they may develop apnea or respiratory failure requiring ICU care. In older children it presents like a cold. ...Read more

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