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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)

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi (airways that carry air from the trachea to the more distal parts of the lungs, or bronchioles). Bronchitis may be caused by either viral or bacterial infections, and is treated with antibiotics , steroids, inhaled bronchodilators, or mucolytics. Bronchitis can be acute or chronic. The latter is usually associated with smoking and may be part of COPD. Both acute and chronic bronchitis can lead to other serious conditions, including pneumonia with ...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

Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more