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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

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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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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