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Why Do I Get Bronchitis Or Pneumonia So Often
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
Friend been coughing for 1-3 weeks. She thinks she had bronchitis/pneumonia but she wasn't diagnosed. I double dipped with her. Will I get sick now?
Doubtful: Infections come and go... As a general rule, a patient is most likely to spread germs in the beginning of the illness. Fevers can correlate to this risk period. Soon, tho, the immune system (with or without the help of antibiotics/doctors) should kick in and knock out the germs. Some symptoms can remain i.e. coughing, but the person is less of an infectious risk. Lots of caveats here-see MD if Qs. ...Read more
I am adult with asthma. I get bronchitis 3+ times a year, which has morphed into pneumonia multiple times. What is the best way to treat this?
Can you get pneumonia if you don't cough (by using cough suppressants) when you have acute bronchitis? Or is that ok to do?
I was diagnosed with Bronchitis(Could have been pneumonia). I was prescribed Cefdinir. How come the symptoms of bronchitis take so long to get rid of?
Bronchitis blues: Depending on the germ that caused the bronchitis and you, the patient, symptoms of something like that can vary. Not sure if your doc 'nailed' the etiology of the cough -if it was pertussis, then that cough can last for weeks. Conversely, if you have 'reactive airways'--something like asthma or sensitivity in the breathing tubes, you could cough for a while as well. Call ur doc if not better soon. ...Read more
Not sure if I have bronchitis I know my chest hurts in my coughing is deep cough i just can't get warm. I not sure if I have pneumonia either?
Get evaluation: Your doctor will be able to examine you and treat either of the conditions. ...Read more
I had pneumonia twice and bronchitis twice in the last year. I also have had digestion problems entire life. Should I get tested for cystic fibrosis?
Rare occurance: The chances of you having CF are rare, but if you are concerned talk to your doctor about getting tested. ...Read more
Is there any natural remedy I can use for chest congestion, pneumonia, or bronchitis. I get these a lot and am getting another bout now.?
Preventive measures: If you smoke, stop! If you're exposed to 2nd-hand smoke, avoid it. Eat healthy meals to maintain immune system. If you're around sick people, wash hands (or hand sanitizer) often; avoid touching nose/eyes before sanitizing hands. Try to avoid others' coughs/ sneezes, especially if not covered. Elderberry, astragalus, echinacea, zinc, airborne supposedly help prevent respiratory infections. ...Read more
Just getting over pneumonia bronchitis and have asthma. Am i able to get a flu shot. H1h1? No fever. Still, coughing and chest congestion
Would getting a pneumonia vaccine possibly prevent getting Bronchitis so often? I don't smoke, don't have asthma, am only 43, but get Bronchitis a lot
Is it true that broncitis can turn I to pneumonia if left untreated. I get broncitis but domt get it treated just rest.?
No antibiotics: The current recommendations for treating acute bronchitis include not prescribing antibiotics in most cases. Bronchodilators and steroids (oral or inhaled) can open up the airways to improve breathing and facilitate the clearing of secretions. Keep well hydrated by drinking plenty of water. ...Read more
Every time I get sick I seem to develop a bacterial infection such as phemonia, bronchitis, strep throat. I'm 24, sick again for 3 days now. Cold?
See an allergist: People with allergies have constant inflammation in the nose and sinuses. Nonallergic people can typically handle the inflammation of a viral infection without much trouble; but in an allergic person, adding the viral inflammation on top of the underlying allergic inflammation makes perfect conditions for bacteria to grow. Treating the underlying allergic inflammation usually helps immensely. ...Read more
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
Difficult...: It is difficult to know which of these you have based on symptoms alone. A typical cold has less severe symptoms compared to the other two; less severe cough, usually no fever, more nasal congestion. Bronchitis has a more severe cough than a cold but the other symptoms may be the same. Pneumonia has symptoms very similar to bronchitis, although it may be a bit more severe. Tests may be needed. ...Read more
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
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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Medical evaluation: May be required. This would involved history, physical examination & likely radiographic study. ...Read more
Can Clydamycin be used to treat bronchitis? I've seen the drug has coverage for pneumonia, but no description specifically mentions bronchitis.
Bronchitis: In 95% of cases, acute bronchitis is viral, so antibiotics in general would have no benefit. The mainstay of treatment here would really be steroids and inhalers. For the minority of cases that are bacterial, better antibiotic choices exist, such as Azithromycin or Levofloxacin. ...Read more
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
Definitions...: "Walking" pneumonia is slang terminology that refers to a situation where there is an infiltrate on chest x-ray but the person has few symptoms. There are different scenerios that can produce this situation. "Asthmatic bronchitis" means that there is bronchospasm associated with bronchitis, an infection of the airways. It can sometimes lead to a cough as the infection is resolving. ...Read more
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