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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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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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What is bronchiolitis?

Infant infection: Bronchiolitis is a condition of the lungs in infants. It is caused by a viral illness, RSV as an example, that causes inflammation (swelling) in the lung tissues. A baby often has a runny nose and cough, with a faster breathing rate. Time is usually the cure but some episodes can worsen, requiring medication and occasional hospitalization. ...Read more

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What causes bronchiolitis?

What causes bronchiolitis?

Lots of things: Could be rsv, hmpv, adenovirus, flu, paraflu, rhinovirus etc. Watch http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=5teb03heixw&feature=related to learn more. ...Read more

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How is bronchiolitis treated?

Virus: Supportive care. Some need oxygen. Iv hydration is necessary for some patients. If wheezing improves with albuterol or xopenex (levalbuterol) then i will continue using that also. ...Read more

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What are the tests for bronchiolitis?

Rsv test: There is a nose swab test for RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) and other similar viruses. However the doctor doesn't have to do any tests. They can make the diagnosis by the symptoms and by examining the baby. ...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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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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I think I have bronchiolitis, what should I do?

Monitor: Bronchiolitis is usually a viral infection that causes inflammation of the airways. In the vast majority of cases, in healthy individuals, it is almost like a cold and no medication is needed. It lasts usually a week to 10 days. It can, however, cause significant problems in young children, infants and also in the elderly and immunocompromised people. ...Read more

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