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What is the difference between acute bronchitis and pneumonia?

What is the difference between acute bronchitis and pneumonia?

Location, Location: Bronchitis is an inflammation/infection of the bronchial tubes (airways) whereas pneumonia is an infection/inflammation of the air sacs of the lungs (alveoli). Both can cause similar symptoms (fever, chest pain, cough, sputum production) but sound different when your health care provider listens to your lungs. Also pneumonia can typically be seen on chest xray and bronchitis cannot. ...Read more

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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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I have pneumonia and sinusitis. 3 of my coworkers have gotten acute bronchitis. Can I catch bronchitis too atop of what I already have?

I have pneumonia and sinusitis. 3 of my coworkers have gotten acute bronchitis. Can I catch bronchitis too atop of what I already have?

Mgt: Bronchitis can occur in conjunction with your other illnesses. The underlying cause is most likely viral or bacterial. Monitoring your temperature and keeping well hydrated is advised. Your physician will assess whether antibiotics are needed. A virtual appt for follow up can be made. ...Read more

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Signs of pneumonia? I had a acute bronchitis and after a month I still cough. I only cough in the morning & night other than that I feel fine...

Signs of pneumonia? I had a acute bronchitis and after a month I still cough. I only cough in the morning & night other than that I feel fine...

Persistent cough: Persistent cough can be from a number of conditons, including post-nasal drip, allergies, infection, and acid reflux. If you notice the cough more when you are lying flat (night and morning), you may have acid reflux. I would consider this as a potential for your persistent cough. Viral cough can weeks, even if infection is clear so you may need to just give it more time. Discuss with your PCP ...Read more

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Over the course of 2014, I have had over 3 cases of acute bronchitis and 2 cases of walking pneumonia. I currently have bronchitis. Should I be worried?

Over the course of 2014, I have had over 3 cases of acute bronchitis and 2 cases of walking pneumonia. I currently have bronchitis. Should I be worried?

Concerned: Recurrent respiratory infections in a young person is cause for concern. Underlying causes, such as asthma, should be explored. Talk to your primary care provider for a complete evaluation and consider routine influenza vaccines yearly. Best wishes ! ...Read more

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What to do if I have acute bronchitis can it turn into pneumonia?

What to do if I have acute bronchitis can it turn into pneumonia?

Bronchitis: If untreated bacterial bronchitis can progress to pneumonia particularly in ummunocompromised patients. ...Read more

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Can you get pneumonia if you don't cough (by using cough suppressants) when you have acute bronchitis? Or is that ok to do?

Can you get pneumonia if you don't cough (by using cough suppressants) when you have acute bronchitis? Or is that ok to do?

Different issues. : These are two different infections, involve different areas of the lungs, and usually have different etiologies (viral, bacterial). You can't give yourself a pneumonia by suppressing the cough of bronchitis. Just make sure you're treating the right thing. ...Read more

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Having major coughing attacks. Was diagnosed with acute bronchitis, and beginning signs of pneumonia i wake up coughing gasping for air like pertussis?

Having major coughing attacks. Was diagnosed with acute bronchitis, and beginning signs of pneumonia i wake up coughing gasping for air like pertussis?

Maybe: If that is a concern, then you can be tested for pertussis. Homeopathic remedies like ipecac and drosera may be helpful as can elderberry. Hopefully you are on an antibiotic as well....Zithromax is a good choice. You ay need to be seen again if you are worsening or not improving. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with acute bronchitis, but Xray revealed abnormality in lung. Research shows that bronchitis doesn't show up in Xray. Possible pneumonia?

Diagnosed with acute bronchitis, but Xray revealed abnormality in lung. Research shows that bronchitis doesn't show up in Xray. Possible pneumonia?

Possibly,: but without further details about the lung abnormality, it is impossible to say. There are many, many times of lung abnormalities, some of little or no significance, and some serious. ...Read more

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What initial lab tests are required by immunologist for a weak immune system (recurring respiratory problems like pneumonia, acute bronchitis, cough)?

What initial lab tests are required by immunologist for a weak immune system (recurring respiratory problems like pneumonia, acute bronchitis, cough)?

Initial evaluation: When assessing the immune system function, the most helpful tests are a CBC (complete blood count with differential), serum immunoglobulin levels (igg, igm, iga, ige), ch50-complement test and specific antibody titer to tetanus and pneumococcus. This will pick up more than 90% of immune problems. ...Read more

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Viral acute bronchitis visit to urgent care 2 days ago given breathing trtmnt & sent home w/ meds. Developed 103°F fever, shaking chills, nt sweats, w/ worse cough & short of breath. Is it pneumonia?

Probably infection: If the urgent care center didnt perform a rapid flu test, you should get one for prompt treatment that would be helpful. if test is negative, chest xray should be helpful to rule out pneumonia. ...Read more

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What is the difference between bronchitis and pneumonia on an xray?

See below: Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchi (tubes which carry air to either the left or right lung). This is typically viral in origin. Bronchitis may not be visible on chest x-ray. Pneumonia is caused by an infection in the lung itself, not the tubes. This can be referred to as an "infiltrate" or "consolidation" and reflects buildup of puss and edema where infection has occurred. ...Read more

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What is the difference between pneumonia and severe bronchitis?

What is the difference between pneumonia and severe bronchitis?

Location...: Bronchitis is an infection of the airways whereas pneumonia is an infection of the lung parenchyma itself. Clinically, pneumonia tends to be more severe than bronchitis but there is plenty of overlap so this distinction cannot always be made on clinical grounds alone. A chest x-ray will usually tell the difference as pneumonia usually shows on a chest x-ray but bronchitis does not show. ...Read more

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How does one tell the difference between bronchitis and pneumonia?

Diagnosis: History and physical examination and perhaps a chest x-ray will help differentiate. The symptoms can be different and also similar, but you need to see a professional. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between bronchitis and pneumonia?

How can you tell the difference between bronchitis and pneumonia?

Difficult to do: Somethings the lung sounds are similar. Pneumonia on chest X-ray has a picture that may be characteristic. Bronchitis on the other hand often times has a normal chest X-ray. Somethings the treatment may be slightly different. ...Read more

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What is difference between pneumonia and bronchitis?

What is difference between pneumonia and bronchitis?

Much: Bronchitis affects the airways and is usually viral in causation. Pneumonia affects the lung tissues and may be caused by a wide variety of organisms, is far more dangerous than most cases of bronchitis, and more complicated to treat appropriately. ...Read more

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What's the difference between bronchitis and pneumonia?

What's the difference between bronchitis and pneumonia?

Location...: Acute bronchitis is an infection of the airways whereas pneumonia is an infection of the lung parenchyma itself. Thus, the location of the infection within the lung is the difference between the two disorders. See your doctor so the diagnosis can be made and treatment rendered. ...Read more

Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

An inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more