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What happens if bronchitis isn't treated?

What happens if bronchitis isn't treated?

Better or worse: Sometimes bronchitis can resolve itself, particularly if it's caused by a virus. On the other hand, it can worsen leading to shortness of breath and possibly pneumonia. If it has been going on for more than 5 days, you should be evaluated by a primary care provider. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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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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How is chronic bronchitis treated?

How is chronic bronchitis treated?

Treatment...: Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, is typically treated with bronchodilator and steroid inhalers as well as supplemental oxygen if the oxygen level in the blood is low. Smoking cessation is a necessary part of treatment. There is no cure but symptoms can be managed with therapy so see your doctor for specific treatment as well as diagnosis. ...Read more

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If I develop chronic bronchitis, how will it be treated?

If I develop chronic bronchitis, how will it be treated?

Depends: This is a tough question to answer as there are may different treatments depending on the presenting symptoms. The triggers, prior treatments, and any other underlying medical conditions. ...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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5 y/o being treated for croup, cough is getting worse- but more bronchitis than croup. Is this to be expected? Croup 3X this year.

5 y/o being treated for croup, cough is getting worse- but more bronchitis than croup. Is this to be expected? Croup 3X this year.

Mgt/ workup: Croup may recur and is caused by a number of viruses. I would suggest seeing your pediatric lung specialist. In addition, airway structural changes, foreign body aspiration and persistent inflammation of the airway may be related to the symptoms. A virtual appointment is also available. Making a recording of the sound and noting when it is worse, will help in the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can I have surgery in 3 days if my bronchitis has been treated and my cough is mild. I do not have psnemonia and otherwise feel pretty good.?

Can I have surgery in 3 days if my bronchitis has been treated and my cough is mild. I do not have psnemonia and otherwise feel pretty good.?

Most likely: It depends on the type of surgery and anesthesia required and if your lungs sound clear now. You say you feel well so that's a good sign that it should be alright. Keep taking your inhalers as prescribed and call the surgery center or your doctor with any worsening symptoms. Good luck. Oh, stop smoking if you do. :). ...Read more

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31 years old, pnuemonia successfully treated 6 weeks ago. Now pretty sure I have bronchitis, should I contact gp?

31 years old, pnuemonia successfully treated 6 weeks ago. Now pretty sure I have bronchitis, should I contact gp?

Residual from inf.: It will take awhile to clear material from the pneumonia.
stop smoking if you are a smoker. Take some Mucinex (guaifenesin) as directed. If your are running a fever with symptoms, you will need to see your doctor again ...Read more

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My husband had bronchitis and he was allergic to voltaren and was treated with a mobic (meloxicam) and Depo-Provera Medrol injection. What will happens to you with this?

My husband had bronchitis and he was allergic to voltaren and was treated with a mobic (meloxicam) and Depo-Provera Medrol injection. What will happens to you with this?

Voltaren (diclofenac) reaction: The Depo Medrol (methylprednisolone) injection including other steroids should help to alleviate the allergic reaction. There should be no residual effect from allergic reaction and you should avoid voltaren in the future. ...Read more

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Been treated for uti's which return. Usually on omnicef to prevent them when needed. Doctors are looking into why this happens (endometrosis, etc). now I have bronchitis like symptoms, fevers, mucus drainage, no allergies, just seasonal and antihistimes d

Been treated for uti's which return. Usually on omnicef to prevent them when needed. Doctors are looking into why this happens (endometrosis, etc). now I have bronchitis like symptoms, fevers, mucus drainage, no allergies, just seasonal and antihistimes d

Uti's: Recurrent uti can occur after vaginal intercourse, taking baths instead of showers, wearing very tight jeans, or from structural anatomic abnormalities of the urinary tract. A Urologist is best qualified to evaluate and treat you. If bronchitis is not improving a course of appropriate antibiotics should help. ...Read more

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I've had a cough for 1 month now I've tried cough syrup doesn't work. Been treated for bronchitis with zpack didn't work what might I have and what to do.?

I've had a cough for 1 month now I've tried cough syrup doesn't work. Been treated for bronchitis with zpack didn't work what might I have and what to do.?

Possibilities...: Chronic cough is usually due to bronchospasm, gerd, post-nasal drip or some combination of these diagnoses. You should see your doctor for evaluation and you will likely need some tests for proper diagnosis. Treatment depends on etiology as each of these diagnoses has a different treatment. If you are a smoker, you need to quit to decrease airway inflammation. Your doctor can help with this, too. ...Read more

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What is the physiologic difference between asthma, copd, emphysema and bronchitis? How to identify each as an emt? How are they treated?

What is the physiologic difference between asthma, copd, emphysema and bronchitis? How to identify each as an emt? How are they treated?

Emergency situations: As an emt in these cases you primary concern is to make sure the patient can breathe. In asthma, codp emphysema and "chronic bronchitis" a resuce inhaler like albuterol or ipratropium (copd) owuld be your first response. Steroid inhalers are not for rescue situations. ...Read more

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I have had a fever for 3 weeks straight. I've been treated for flu, pleurisy, and bronchitis. I'm still miserable and nothing is helping.

I have had a fever for 3 weeks straight. I've been treated for flu, pleurisy, and bronchitis. I'm still miserable and nothing is helping.

Seek treatment: I don't have all of your information, but if you are still having fevers and have been treated for this three times now without improvement, you should see your doctor so they can run further tests. They may want to put you in the hospital since you are still having problems. Make sure you go to the same doctor again so he/she knows your story and already has all of the test results so far. ...Read more

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Serious lung congestion for weeks. Initially treated for bronchitis...Didn't help. 2nd visit - treated 4 pneumonia?

Serious lung congestion for weeks. Initially treated for bronchitis...Didn't help. 2nd visit - treated 4 pneumonia?

Virus: Sounds like you had a viral URI (upper respiratory infection), with residual lung congestion. This can take months to completely resolve. You need to be managed by a primary doctor. Sounds like they are treating appropriately. May just take time. ...Read more

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Had the flu in December which turned to bronchitis. Treated for bronchitis but still have lingering cough. How can I get rid of the cough?

Had the flu in December which turned to bronchitis. Treated for bronchitis but still have lingering cough. How can I get rid of the cough?

Time and Rx?: When was the last time you had a follow up appointment with your doctor? Have they given you cough suppressants like benzonatate (Tessalon) that you can take with OTC guaifenesin which works well for a lot of people and is non-sedating. If it's so bad you can't work or function well or sleep there's the possibility of codeine at night but that's a discussion for your doc. Time is the ultimate factor ...Read more

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Grandaughter was treated for bronchitis 2 weeks ago, now diagnosed with flu after amoxicillin didn't work, is she contagious? Just started tamiflu (oseltamivir)

Grandaughter was treated for bronchitis 2 weeks ago, now diagnosed with flu after amoxicillin didn't work, is she contagious? Just started tamiflu (oseltamivir)

Get her tested: Sounds like a viral illness or a couple back to back. Most bronchitis in children is viral. Very rarely is it ever bacterial. Question is whether it is actual influenza or surmised to be. I'm not surprised the Amoxicillin didn't work, antibiotics don't treat viruses, but the tamiflu (oseltamivir) won't work if it's not actual influenza. She's probably contagious with whatever virus she's got. ...Read more

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Cough for three months. Started after bronchitis (got that treated). On singulair (montelukast) Zyrtec and albuterol but it's still super bad. How to rid this?

Cough for three months. Started after bronchitis (got that treated). On singulair (montelukast) Zyrtec and albuterol but it's still super bad. How to rid this?

See doctor: You need to make sure that you don't have something more chronic like asthma, sinusitis etc. Perhaps a chest x-ray and/or lung function test may be in order. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with acute bronchitis a month ago and was treated with an antibiotic and simbicort inhaler. Still coughing but now from my throat.

I was diagnosed with acute bronchitis a month ago and was treated with an antibiotic and simbicort inhaler. Still coughing but now from my throat.

Mgt: You may have developed a sinus infection and the cough could be due to post nasal drip. I would suggest a nasal saline rinse. If the cough continues for more than three weeks, a follow up visit is advised. ...Read more

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Is it normal to be treated for bronchitis and upper respiratory infections with pleurisy since january? Now have nausea & stomach burns so can't eat.

Is it normal to be treated for bronchitis and upper respiratory infections with pleurisy since january? Now have nausea & stomach burns so can't eat.

Seek medical help: Your symptoms could be secondary to using mobic (meloxicam). But if you have symptoms that have been going on for several months, you should be evaluated by your physician to make sure there is not anything else going on. I would suggest quitting smoking as this will not help with your bronchitis and respiratory infections. ...Read more

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My husband had bronchitis and was treated with mobic (meloxicam) and Depo-Provera Medrol injection. He was allergic to voltaren. He died 10min after injection. Why?

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My husband had bronchitis and was treated with mobic (meloxicam) and Depo-Provera Medrol injection. He was allergic to voltaren. He died 10min after injection. Why?

Reaction to mobic (meloxicam): He may have allergic reaction to mobic (meloxicam). Mobic (meloxicam) is an anti-inflammatory medicine similar to voltaren. I am sorry for your loss. ...Read more

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Sore throat, headaches, sharp pain on back of neck & persistent pain (3/10) at base of left ear only. Recently treated 4 bronchitis. Causes?

Sore throat, headaches, sharp pain on back of neck & persistent pain (3/10) at base of left ear only. Recently treated 4 bronchitis. Causes?

New infection: Sounds like you have an upper respiratory infection. An infection of the throat by a virus can cause pain to radiate up into the ear and vise versa. Try taking some ibuprofen, drink lots of fluids and rest. If you develop shortness of breath or high fever then you should see your doctor again. If your throat is red, swollen and has white patches on it, then you should see your doctor. ...Read more