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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

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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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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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?

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

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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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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

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

Not necessarily: The prevnar vaccine can help you develop some resistance to that particular group of germs. However, bronchitis is usually triggered by unrelated viruses and or environmental triggers. ...Read more

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Is it true that broncitis can turn I to pneumonia if left untreated. I get broncitis but domt get it treated just rest.?

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

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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?

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

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Will bronchitis or pneumonia go away by itself?

Will bronchitis or pneumonia go away by itself?

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

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Pneumonia or bronchitis, how can I tell difference?

Pneumonia or bronchitis, how can I tell difference?

Chest xray: The best way to tell the difference is with a chest xray which would diagnosis pneumonia — without an abnormality on chest xray, it is most likely bronchitis. ...Read more

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What is difference between pneumonia and bronchitis?

Much: Bronchitis affects the airways and is usually viral in causation. Pneumonia affects the lung tissues and may be caused by a wide variety of organisms, is far more dangerous than most cases of bronchitis, and more complicated to treat appropriately. ...Read more

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How do I know if it's a cold, pneumonia or bronchitis?

How do I know if it's a cold, pneumonia or bronchitis?

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

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What's the difference between bronchitis and pneumonia?

What's the difference between bronchitis and pneumonia?

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

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Is pneumonia or bronchitis contagious?

Is pneumonia or bronchitis contagious?

Yes: Both, usually they come from viruses ; bacterias that came from inhalation from a person who coughed before or close by. ...Read more

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Will my bronchitis turn into pneumonia? Please help me docs!

Not necessarily: Most bronchitis is viral and self limited. It is possible of course for this to spread to a pneumonia and would depend on other co-morbidities, course of bronchitis, etc. ...Read more

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What is the difference between acute bronchitis and pneumonia?

What is the difference between acute bronchitis and pneumonia?

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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What to do if I have acute bronchitis can it turn into pneumonia?

What to do if I have acute bronchitis can it turn into pneumonia?

Bronchitis: If untreated bacterial bronchitis can progress to pneumonia particularly in ummunocompromised patients. ...Read more

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Can a cold turn into bronchitis/pneumonia? If yes, why and how? Thank you.

Can a cold turn into bronchitis/pneumonia? If yes, why and how? Thank you.

Absolutely Continuum: Of interacting processes with vague all-inclusive names (aka diagnostic labels) for complex body behaviors not well understood by people/MDs/Researchers. Hi-Tech is inside: Study: http://goo.gl/IXDw19 & work to understand (a) the complexity of our Soul? Mind? Brain? Body existence; fantastically more complex than most willing to acknowledge & (2) person primarily in charge your health always self. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have bronchitis or pneumonia? Today makes day 8 that I have been miserable.

How can I tell if I have bronchitis or pneumonia? Today makes day 8 that I have been miserable.

Medical evaluation: May be required. This would involved history, physical examination & likely radiographic study. ...Read more

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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

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What is the difference between bronchitis and pneumonia on a xray?

What is the difference between bronchitis and pneumonia on a xray?

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

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What are my chances of getting pneumonia or bronchitis from a seasonal flu?

What are my chances of getting pneumonia or bronchitis from a seasonal flu?

Risk factor...: Seasonal flu is a risk factor for getting bronchitis and pneumonia. Luckily, it is a relatively uncommon complication. Most people with seasonal flu do not develop these complications. ...Read more

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What is walking pneumonia and asthmatic bronchitis?

What is walking pneumonia and asthmatic bronchitis?

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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Could bronchitis turn into pneumonia?

Yes: Sometimes bronchitis can cause pneumonia — there is a build up of mucous which causes an environment for bacteria and virus which then cause pneumonia — worsening symptoms could be a clue. ...Read more

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Had my bronchitis turned to pneumonia?

Had my bronchitis turned to pneumonia?

It's possible.: If your symptoms are getting worse or not improving, see your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

An inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more