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When should you see a doctor if u suspect bronchitis?

When should you see a doctor if u suspect bronchitis?

3 weeks: When to see a doctor:
see your doctor if your cough:
lasts more than three weeks,
prevents you from sleeping,
is accompanied by fever over 100.4 f (38
c),
produces discolored mucus,
produces blood (hemoptysis),
is associated with wheezing or shortness of breath. ...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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Are any special tests needed, or can a regular doctor see me for my bronchitis?

Are any special tests needed, or can a regular doctor see me for my bronchitis?

Depends...: Acute bronchitis can be diagnosed by your family doctor on the basis of your symptoms and physical exam findings. Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, can be diagnosed by your family doctor on symptoms, physical exam findings and pulmonary function testing. Typically, pfts are interpreted by a lung doctor but can be ordered by your family doctor and the results will be sent to your doctor. ...Read more

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When must a patient see a doctor for bronchitis?

When must a patient see a doctor for bronchitis?

See doctor if....: See your doctor for treatment of acute bronchitis if you develop a high fever, if you are short of breath at rest, if your symptoms are worsening or if your symptoms are not completely resolved by 2 weeks. ...Read more

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Bronchitis or pneumonia - ought I see a private doctor for a second opinion instead of nhs doc?

Bronchitis or pneumonia - ought I see a private doctor for a second opinion instead of nhs doc?

Probably not needed: It should not be all that difficult to tell the difference. If there is a question, a chest x ray should be done. ...Read more

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My kid has had a loud cough for about a week. No fever. When should I go see my doctor? Could it be bronchitis? How would I know?

My kid has had a loud cough for about a week. No fever. When should I go see my doctor? Could it be bronchitis? How would I know?

Viral or allergic: Bronchitis in children is common and almost always caused by a virus, an extension of the virus that caused a cold. Asthmatic bronchitis is also a possibility. Medications are not particularly helpful for viral bronchitis but can help asthma, so if the cough is not improving, he/she should see a pediatrician. ...Read more

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I believe I have bronchitis. Sore thoat coughing etc. I don't have insurance and can't see a doctor what should I do. Its getting worse please help.

I believe I have bronchitis. Sore thoat coughing etc. I don't have insurance and can't see a doctor what should I do. Its getting worse please help.

Viral infection: Your symptoms are consistent with a viral infection. Fluids, otc cough meds such as Robitussin (guaifenesin) could help. But remember, if you are getting worse after 5 days or not better after 10 days you need medical diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Been over a week since I had a cold (maybe bronchitis?). Still have a lingering cough that produces phlem/mucus. Is it time to go see a doctor?

Depends: Any fevers or worsening symptoms? If everything is resolving, but just slowly, it may be your body just taking its time recovering from infection. Even after a bout with a viral uri, the mucociliary system that helps keep your airway clear may be stunned and not work properly for weeks. If you develop worse symptoms, then yes, go see your doctor! ...Read more

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Right now I have bronchitis again and I think I am getting a sinus infection with it because I have very green mucus is it common? Should I see a doc

Right now I have bronchitis again and I think I am getting a sinus infection with it because I have very green mucus is it common? Should I see a doc

Timing: Sinusitis is about both symptoms and how long you've had the symptoms. Many common colds can have colored drainage, but if the symptoms have been around for more than 7 days or are getting worse after 5 days, then you may be developing sinusitis. If you are really uncomfortable, see your doctor. 80% of sinusitis will get better without antibiotics. ...Read more

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When small had bronchitis and spot on lung. Smoked for 35 years up 5 years ago. Had a spyrometry test came back abnormal waiting to see doctor. Could I have worsened my bronchial condition over

When small had bronchitis and spot on lung. Smoked for 35 years up 5 years ago. Had a spyrometry test came back abnormal waiting to see doctor. Could I have worsened my bronchial condition over

Yes: 35 years of smoking can definitely worsen your bronchial condition. Also, if you had bronchitis as a child, you may be predisposed to asthma and similar problems. The best thing you did is stop smoking. Just see what the doctor has to say. ...Read more

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Do I need to see a doctor? I am 19 and a college student. I got sick about a month ago (bronchitis and strep), and I haven't felt well since then. I am still tired a lot. I have had weird things happening about twice a month for the past couple of year

Do I need to see a doctor? I am 19 and a college student. I got sick about a month ago (bronchitis and strep), and I haven't felt well since then. I am still tired a lot. I have had weird things happening about twice a month for the past couple of year

Without: Without going into a long discussion about the changes that occur when individuals go away to college it is clear that you should be thoroughly evaluated by your personal physician. The symptoms that you describe could be associated with stress, change in lifestyle, body changes or infections, that is why it is impossible to answer your question here. ...Read more

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Should I see a specialist for bronchitis, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Should I see a specialist for bronchitis, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Depends...: Acute bronchitis can be diagnosed and treated by your family doctor. Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, sometimes requires the help of a lung doctor to both diagnose and treat the disorder, although treatment can be monitored by your family doctor. ...Read more

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Idk if it has to do with the antibiotic im taking for my bronchitis but I don't know what it is, should I see a doctor?

Yes you should: If you are unclear if your symptoms are do to a side effect of an antibiotic you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it alright to take an OTC cough syrup while taking an antibiotic? I went into see a doctor today and was diagnosed with bronchitis. I took my first dose of amoxicillin at 4pm cdt. I am having one of those hacking coughing attacks almost to the point of

Is it alright to take an OTC cough syrup while taking an antibiotic? I went into see a doctor today and was diagnosed with bronchitis. I took my first dose of amoxicillin at 4pm cdt. I am having one of those hacking coughing attacks almost to the point of

Yes: Amoxicillin should be compatible with otc cough meds. May take a few days to see improvement. Honey has been shown to be equally effective as dextromethorphin in suppressing cough. Make sure that otc is not just Guaifenesin which only thins mucous. Could do dextromethorphin and honey together. Could go to Codeine syrup if cough dry. Don't stop cough completely if mucous coming to clear lung. ...Read more

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Went to emergency for a suspected bad uti. Diagnosed with pneumonia= then diagnosed with bronchitis what the? Went to doctor because I had severe pain in my right side, pain on urinating, no fever, had 3 episodes of vomiting over 2 days. Doctor sent m

Went to emergency for a suspected bad uti. Diagnosed with pneumonia= then diagnosed with bronchitis what the? Went to doctor because I had severe pain in my right side, pain on urinating, no fever, had 3 episodes of vomiting over 2 days. Doctor sent m

Bronchitis clinical: A lot depends on testing performed in the emergency room. If abdominal radiograph obtained and density seen in lower lung, some patients get referred pain to abdomen and vomiting from lung process. Urinary infection and lung infection are not uncommon to occur together. Tests of urine specimen for infection and listening to chest, chest radiograph, are ways of clinically confirming these problems. ...Read more

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Hey doctor can u please answer my q I go tohospital 6 months ago I had bronchitis. And till now I don't feel iam back normal like before?! when I work out

Hey doctor can u please answer my q I go tohospital 6 months ago I had bronchitis. And till now I don't feel iam back normal like before?! when I work out

Bronchospasm?: You may be experiencing residual bronchospasm from your bronchitis. This can be treated with bronchodilator and steroid inhalers so see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Note: you can return to your original doctor and tell him or her about your ongoing symptoms and see what treatment they advise. If symptoms persist after that, seek a second opinion from another doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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Should I go to a doctor for bronchitis?

Should I go to a doctor for bronchitis?

Acute?: If you have an acute bronchitis, see your doctor if you develop shortness of breath, high fever or if your symptoms are worsening over time. Also, if your symptoms do not completely resolve by about 10 days, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Why won't my doctor treat my bronchitis?

Why won't my doctor treat my bronchitis?

Bronchitis: Most bronchitis results from smoking or viral infections. There is not always an effective treatment available. Evaluation from a pulmonary MD may be helpful if there is a question as to whether this is really just bronchitis ...Read more

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What can I use for bronchitis if I don't have a doctor?

What can I use for bronchitis if I don't have a doctor?

Many viral /will pas: Many episodes of bronchitis will self heal with proper hydration, rest and diet. Otc meds that help you thin your secretions, like robatussin can be helpful. Over time the cough may pass but could take a couple wks. A secondary infection of greater importance could develop. Focal chest pain, fever >101.5> 2days, prolonged dizziness, etc would prompt a visit to a local clinic. ...Read more

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How to treat bronchitis? Without paying a visit to the doctors.

How to treat bronchitis? Without paying a visit to the doctors.

Depends on age.: If you are talking about yourself, just increase fluids, 8-10 glasses of water daily. Use humidifier or vaporisor. Avoid inhalents, such as smoke, sprays and highly scented aerosols. Avoid crowds, wash hands, cover your cough. Watch for fever or increasing symptoms. If this is a small child or infant, let the doctor examine and determine that other causes are not responsible for symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the best thing to do to relieve cold/bronchitis symptoms when doctor is away?

Symptom control: If you are not having fevers chances are it is a virus and you just need to utilize symptomatic relief...Cough suppressants, mucolytics, and anti-histamines can help as can sudafed if you are clogged up. I like to use the nety pot w/ distilled water to help clear sinuses. Give it time...If you get a fever you may need antibiotics. ...Read more

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What are the best home remidies for bronchitis? I don't have insurance and no time to go to the doctor

What are the best home remidies for bronchitis? I don't have insurance and no time to go to the doctor

Doctors may not help: Conventional medicines like antibiotics have been proven to not help bronchitis so you don't HAVE to see a doctor. I advise Pelargonium sidoides, a herbal tincture sold as Umcka in US) if you can get it.
Homeopathy often helps- see http://tinyurl. Com/zuwx6u9 for info on this and other natural remedies.
For many other good remedies see http://tinyurl. Com/h48jol6
I advise Vit C, zinc and garlic. ...Read more

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I am fairly certain I may have pneumonia/bronchitis but my doc says nothing is wrong. I am very ill what should I do? I know something is wrong.

I am fairly certain I may have pneumonia/bronchitis but my doc says nothing is wrong. I am very ill what should I do? I know something is wrong.

Pneumonia?: Do you smoke? R u exposed to 2nd-hand smoke? What symptoms do u have that u feel u have pneumonia or bronchitis? Have u had a chest x-ray? Can follow doc's advice, or can seek out second opinion. Stop smoking (if applicable); avoid smoking areas. ...Read more

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How do doctors treat chronic bronchitis?

How do doctors treat chronic bronchitis?

Bronchodilation: First one must remove all irritants of the bronchi such as cigarette smoking, bedroom dust, animal danders which will keep bronchitis going and if for many months will become chronic bronchitis and injure your bronchi which then becomes a more serious and prolonged problem with increasing difficulty to clear. ...Read more

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Should I go back to the doctors office I still do not feel better after 5 days of having bronchitis?

Yes: Generally speaking, if you do not feel any better 5 days after being DX (and I assume treated) for a bronchitis, than I would make another appt. With the dr. Possibly the antibx you took was ineffective (bacteria was not sensitive to the medicine). Good luck. ...Read more