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What is the main difference between pneumonia and bronchitis?

What is the main difference between pneumonia and bronchitis?

Lungs vs bronchi: Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs, whereas bronchitis is an infection of the bronchi, which are the upper airways above the lungs. ...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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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

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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 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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How does one tell the difference between bronchitis and pneumonia?

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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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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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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Can a Dr tell the difference between bronchitis and pneumonia by listening to your breathing with a stethescope?

Can a Dr tell the difference between bronchitis and pneumonia by listening to your breathing with a stethescope?

Not very well: It's possible to get clues for and against pneumonia with a stethoscope, and some doctors who are true experts with the stethoscope and physical exam of the chest are more likely to tell accurately. But almost always a chest xray or other imaging (e.g. CT scan) is the only way to know for sure. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between bronchitis and "walking" pneumonia? I've had pneumonia; over summer I got similar symptoms, no fever, for6weeks

Unlikely pneumonia: Bronchitis is usually due to a virus. With pneumonia you are very likely to develop fever, cough with sputum containing pus and/or blood, difficulty breathing, sometimes chest pain on inspiration. A thorough exam by your primary care doctor is in order, and if they feel necessary, a chest x-ray. ...Read more

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Pneumonia or bronchitis, how can I tell difference?

Pneumonia or bronchitis, how can I tell difference?

Chest xray: The best way to tell the difference is with a chest xray which would diagnosis pneumonia - without an abnormality on chest xray, it is most likely bronchitis. ...Read more

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How can you distinguish between pneumonia and bronchitis in toddlers?

How can you distinguish between pneumonia and bronchitis in toddlers?

Stethoscope : Symptoms of bronchitis and pneumonia can be very similar in toddlers. By using a stethoscope, a trained physician can listen to the lungs and likely determine the differences. A chest X-ray can also be helpful. Regardless, treatment modalities are quite similar. ...Read more

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Could bronchitis turn into pneumonia?

Yes: Sometimes bronchitis can cause pneumonia - there is a build up of mucous which causes an environment for bacteria and virus which then cause pneumonia - worsening symptoms could be a clue. ...Read more

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Had my bronchitis turned to pneumonia?

It's possible.: if your symptoms are getting worse or not improving, see your doctor. ...Read more

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How are bronchitis and pneumonia different?

How are bronchitis and pneumonia different?

Easy: The definition of pneumonia is inflammation involving the parenchyma (tissues) of the lung. When this happens there will be changes on imaging studies defining the area, type and extent of the inflammation. This does not occur with bronchitis, which only affects the tubes carrying air into the lungs. ...Read more

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Why do I get bronchitis or pneumonia so often?

Trigger factors: Trigger factors come in types: if you have an immune problem (iga), asthma, allergies or similar lung predisposition you will. If you smoke/work around fumes/etc. You might. If you hang around sick people you might. If your diet & rest patterns are unhealthy you might. If you work on what you can avoid/get vaccinated & follow a healthy lifestyle you give yourself the best chance of avoiding it. ...Read more

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Will bronchitis or pneumonia go away by itself?

Will bronchitis or pneumonia go away by itself?

Sometimes/see below: Bronchitis is usually caused by viral infection and this will resolve without treatment. Influenza bronchitis or pneumonia should be treated with tamiflu or relenza (zanamivir). Bacterial bronchitis usually needs antibiotic treatment. Bacterial pneumonia always needs antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of bronchitis vs pneumonia?

What are the symptoms of bronchitis vs pneumonia?

Location...: Bronchitis is infection in the airways whereas pneumonia is infection of the lung itself. Usually, symptoms of bronchitis include coughing discolored sputum, wheezing, shortness of breath, fever, chills, body aches, etc. The symptoms of pneumonia can be very similar but your doctor can tell the difference via physical exam and test results. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have pneumonia or bronchitis?

You cannot: That difference would require an exam and likely a chest x-ray. ...Read more

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What are bad symptoms of bronchitis and pneumonia?

What are bad symptoms of bronchitis and pneumonia?

Possibilities...: Both pneumonia and acute bronchitis are caused by infections. Symptoms that are worrisome include high fever, shortness of breath, hemoptysis (coughing blood). These symptoms would warrant an evaluation by your doctor. Also, if symptoms are worsening, you should see your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

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