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Why do I get bronchitis or pneumonia so often?

Why do I get bronchitis or pneumonia so often?

Trigger factors: 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

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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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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?

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

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Can you get pneumonia if you don't cough (by using cough suppressants) when you have acute bronchitis? Or is that ok to do?

Can you get pneumonia if you don't cough (by using cough suppressants) when you have acute bronchitis? Or is that ok to do?

Different issues. : These are two different infections, involve different areas of the lungs, and usually have different etiologies (viral, bacterial). You can't give yourself a pneumonia by suppressing the cough of bronchitis. Just make sure you're treating the right thing. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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.?

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

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Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more