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I wheeze when I get Bronchitis. Someone said this means I have asthma. I NEVER wheeze unless I have Bronchitis. So do I have asthma?

I wheeze when I get Bronchitis. Someone said this means I have asthma. I NEVER wheeze unless I have Bronchitis. So do I have asthma?

May be, may be not: Wheezing isn't the only symptom for asthma, there is cough, chest tightness, decreased exercise tolerance, as an example. You may want to see an asthma specialist to rule it out, check aaaai.org or acaai.org for an allergist/Immunologist in your area, good luck ...Read more

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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If I wheeze slightly with bronchitis and get bronchitis easily, does that mean I have asthma? Never wheeze otherwise, and never had asthma in the past

If I wheeze slightly with bronchitis and get bronchitis easily, does that mean I have asthma? Never wheeze otherwise, and never had asthma in the past

Recurrent: Bronchitis is quite common WITHOUT asthma however bronchitis can itself cause wheezing (thus the term " asthmatic bronchitis" The two are SEPARATE diseases!

Hope this helps
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What can I do for wheezing? I've had bronchitis for 3 weeks. I use my inhaler and I also have a nebulizer and I keep wheezing. What else can I do?

What can I do for wheezing? I've had bronchitis for 3 weeks. I use my inhaler and I also have a nebulizer and I keep wheezing. What else can I do?

Sounds like: Your asthma is worsening and you would need a full work up including a chest xray, CBC, sputum test, pulmonary function test, Arterial blood gas as well as steroids and antibiotics.
Only your physician could make a personalized treatment plan after a thorough exam. Get well. ...Read more

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I've been sick w/ a cold lately, and started coughing up lots of mucus, & wheezing as well. In the past I've also had Bronchitis. Cold or Bronchitis?

I've been sick w/ a cold lately, and started coughing up lots of mucus, & wheezing as well. In the past I've also had Bronchitis. Cold or Bronchitis?

Mgt: I would advise checking your temperature, if you have more than 24 hours of fever, an evaluation to rule out pneumonia is indicated. If this is an uncomplicated common cold, you should start to feel better soon. For your wheezing, I would advise using your Albuterol and following your action plan. In the meantime, rest, stay well hydrated and monitor your temperature. ...Read more

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I just got over a bad case of Bronchitis and am still wheezing a little. Is it safe to get a colonoscopy tomorrow? I am scheduled to get one.

I just got over a bad case of Bronchitis and am still wheezing a little. Is it safe to get a colonoscopy tomorrow? I am scheduled to get one.

Probably OK: Wheezing after bronchitis is not unusual. You do not receive general anesthesia for a colonoscopy so you will likely be just fine. The anesthesiologist will interview and examine you prior to the procedure. Be sure to mention this to them. They will check your oxygenation and listen to your lungs and if there is any concern, will hold off on the colonoscopy. ...Read more

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It seems like I have a cold, but the symptoms are in my chest only. I don't have a cough and I'm not wheezing. Could I still have bronchitis?

It seems like I have a cold, but the symptoms are in my chest only. I don't have a cough and I'm not wheezing. Could I still have bronchitis?

Follow up: It is still possible, but cough is a common finding during bronchitis. Most bronchitic infections are caused by viral infections. Pulm virtual consult available to discuss. ...Read more

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I've been on amoxicillin for a week for bronchitis and I forgot my dose this morning and I took it soon after but now I have a cough/wheezing?

I've been on amoxicillin for a week for bronchitis and I forgot my dose this morning and I took it soon after but now I have a cough/wheezing?

Bronchitis: Cough and wheezing can easily be a sign or symptom of bronchitis. It is unlikely that the Amoxicillin is causing the call although occasionally allergy to the drug can cause wheezing. If your wheezing continues you should contact your doctor and probably undergo a chest x-ray. ...Read more

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I have a high HR due to POTS, and I also get Bronchitis a lot. Is there an inhaler that helps wheezing but does NOT raise HR too much? What's safest?

I have a high HR due to POTS, and I also get Bronchitis a lot. Is there an inhaler that helps wheezing but does NOT raise HR too much? What's safest?

Unfortunately most: Of the acute use inhalers will have a tachycardia effect on your heart. The key will be to be well controlled so you don't need to use acute inhalers. Consider seeing a Pulmonologist for optimal asthma treatment. ...Read more

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I have acute bronchitis, from one week I am getting severe wheezing only nighttimes. I am not able to breath properly. I am using forocort inhaler. ?

I have acute bronchitis, from one week I am getting severe wheezing only nighttimes. I am not able to breath properly. I am using forocort inhaler. 
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Wheezing w/bronchiti: May have associated reflux, therefore happening at night. Can try ranitidine and or prevecid before bed. Would also elevate head of bed with pillow under mattress (it will help you breathe anyway as compress lungs when lying down). May also be reactive airways due to bornchitis-elevating head of bed helps. F/u w/ doc ...Read more

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Are asthma deaths generally preventable? I have asthma plus bronchitis (acute) and I'm worried bc still wheezing on roids etc.

Are asthma deaths generally preventable? I have asthma plus bronchitis (acute) and I'm worried bc still wheezing on roids etc.

Asthma exacerbation: Absolutely, asthma deaths are preventable. If your bronchodilator is not working then either the canister is empty, or you are not taking it properly and medicine is not reaching in properly. You need aggressive treatment for asthma and if home treatment is not stopping wheezing please see MD or go to ER asap.
When associated with bronchitis, steaming and removing mucus from lungs helps a lot. ...Read more

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Does the beginning symptoms of acute bronchitis include burning dry cough and intermittent wheezing?

Does the beginning symptoms of acute bronchitis include burning dry cough and intermittent wheezing?

Yes: Those can be the beginning of bronchitis or any upper respiratory infection. This is almost always viral and takes 5-10 days to clear. If you run a fever and/or are short of breath see your doctor. Otherwise, rest, fluids, DayQuil/NyQuil and time! ...Read more

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Can I have allergic bronchitis with no cough no wheezing. Only constant breathlessness that usually gets better if I go out with friends?

Can I have allergic bronchitis with no cough no wheezing. Only constant breathlessness that usually gets better if I go out with friends?

Unlikely: This implies a psychologic component for the breathlessness. Perhaps you have an anxiety problem which is helped by sharing time with your friends. Counseling may be beneficial. ...Read more

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Had bronchitis for 3 months now, been taking medicine from doctor, but i still have a bad cough and wheezing. Should I go back to doctor? Or worry?

Had bronchitis for 3 months now, been taking medicine from doctor, but i still have a bad cough and wheezing. Should I go back to doctor? Or worry?

Yes & maybe: Average duration of cough illness is 18 days (http://alvinblin. Blogspot. Com/2013/01/average-duration-of-cough-18-days. Html) so 3 months or 90 days is "excessive". More worrisome is wheezing. Cough is often a symptom of silent wheezing. Bottom line, it's time to go back & see your doc. Perhaps you have asthma. Foreign body? Obstruction? Idiopathic pulmonary lung disease? Get pulmonary function test. ...Read more

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Confused abt difference between asthma & bronchitis. Don't both cause wheezing/phlegm? Must I take meds for asthma if I only have symp's w/bronchitis?

Confused abt difference between asthma & bronchitis. Don't both cause wheezing/phlegm? Must I take meds for asthma if I only have symp's w/bronchitis?

Asthma: That can be a complicated question. Asthma is a chronic disease generally and there are people who only flare with colds. A question to ask would be does this happen with every cold. Albuterol works for both conditions. ...Read more

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I have POTS and HR is 80s-110, depending. I get Bronchitis and am wondering if Albuterol type inhalers are safe for me when I get wheezing sound?

I have POTS and HR is 80s-110, depending. I get Bronchitis and am wondering if Albuterol type inhalers are safe for me when I get wheezing sound?

In terms of safety: There should not be any significant difference in a patient with POTS or a normal individual. Albuterol inhalers are associated with an increase in heart rate but if you are well hydrated and not standing when you use them this will not exacerbate your POTS. ...Read more

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Bronchitis. Dr offered albuteral breath treatment even tho I take beta blocker, have rapid hr. I declined. Was I right? Dr said I had a chest wheeze.

Bronchitis. Dr offered albuteral breath treatment even tho I take beta blocker, have rapid hr. I declined. Was I right? Dr said I had a chest wheeze.

You were wrong: In fact if you were on a beta blocker, reconsideration for a selective one should have been made to avoid the bronchospasms created by the nonselective ones. The nonselective bblockers can cause bronchospasm and can be reversed by b-agonists in the lungs. Of course there is some systemic overflow. Once it happens they are hard to reverse, hence we don't use Propranolol challenge anymore. ...Read more

Dr. Duane Gels
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Wheezing (Definition)

Wheezing = sibilant rhonchi = whistling sound ...Read more