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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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