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Will broncitis go away without antibiotics?

Will broncitis go away without antibiotics?

90% will: Bronchitis is usually viral and doesn't require antibiotics unless someone has underlying lung disease or other serious health problem. 10% of bronchitis is bacterial and helped with antibiotics. It takes usually 3 weeks for bronchitis to go away without antibiotics. Fever that last more than 3 days or shortness of breath are more worrisome. ...Read more

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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Would an antibiotic still be in my system? Took the last one yesterday, or should I go back to the Dr to get more? Not over my bronchitis yet.

Would an antibiotic still be in my system? Took the last one yesterday, or should I go back to the Dr to get more? Not over my bronchitis yet.

Maybe doesn't matter: Most antibiotics drop to ineffective levels within 24 hours, but azithromycin (Zithromax, Z-pak), which is often used for bronchitis, lasts 7-10 days. However, it probably doesn't matter. Antibiotics often don't speed clearing of bronchitis; and when they do, probably only the first 5-7 days matters. After that, additional antibiotic usually makes no difference. But check with your doctor. ...Read more

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What kind of antibiotic is best for bronchitis?

What kind of antibiotic is best for bronchitis?

None: Antibiotics have been shown to be no better than placebo for acute bronchitis, which is usually caused by a virus, not bacteria. ...Read more

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Which antibiotic is prescribed to treat bronchitis?

Depends: Acute bronchitis is seldom due to bacterial infection and antibiotics are not only unnecessary, but contraindicated. For acute exacerbations of chronic bronchitis (most often a result of smoking), use of agents which are effective against normal upper respiratory tract flora (hemophilus, streptococci, etc.) is advised. Doxycycline is one of several which are often prescribed. ...Read more

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Can any antibiotic be used for bronchitis? Or does it have to be a specific one.

Can any antibiotic be used for bronchitis? Or does it have to be a specific one.

No: Some antibiotics are better than others for bronchitis. Many cases of bronchitis are also viral, meaning antibiotics have no effect and are not necessary. Common antibiotics for bronchitis include the macrocodes and certain penicilliins and quinolones. Do not take antibiotics unless prescribed for you and when given them, take the entire course to avoid resistance issues. ...Read more

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I took an antibiotic for bronchitis by accident. What would this do if i don't have bronchitis?

I took an antibiotic for bronchitis by accident. What would this do if i don't have bronchitis?

Do not take more: If you are not allergic to the antibiotic an inadvertant dose probably will not hurt. It jut makes it more likely you may develop a resistace in the future. ...Read more

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What to do if i was diagnosed with bronchitis, i finished my antibiotic and i'm still very sick?

What to do if i was diagnosed with bronchitis, i finished my antibiotic and i'm still very sick?

Go back to Dr.: It may be possible that your bronchitis is due to a virus which would make the antibiotics useless. Viral infections usually resolve on their own after 1-2 weeks if you are generally healthy. It may also be possible that the antibiotics you were given were not effective against the bacteria. Either way you should go back and see your dr. ...Read more

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I had an antibiotic for bronchitis, by tuesday all symtoms were gone. Still continued the antibiotic. Was done on Friday. Why are my symtoms back?

I had an antibiotic for bronchitis, by tuesday all symtoms were gone. Still continued the antibiotic. Was done on Friday. Why are my symtoms back?

Bronchial hyperreact: Do you have asthma? Sometimes after a viral bronchitis we can have bronchial hyperactivity that is a kind of temporary asthma and can present with cough, shortness of breath and wheezing. Both can explain recurrence of the bronchitis symptoms. ...Read more

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How high does your fever have to be to need an antibiotic when you have bronchitis?

How high does your fever have to be to need an antibiotic when you have bronchitis?

High...: Typically, bacterial bronchitis patients have a higher fever than viral bronchitis patients. Although there can be overlap, a fever of at least 100.5 (and usually it is higher than this!) would need to be present to say that, more likely than not, bacterial bronchitis is present. ...Read more

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How severe does your fever have to be to need an antibiotic, if you have bronchitis?

Unrelated: Acute or chronic bronchitis seldom causes a fever. If you have a severe bronchitis and then develop a fever, your doctor will need to evaluate you a second time to see if the bronchitis has progress to pneumonia. This can be determined in a clinical exam or in some instances may require a chest x-ray. ...Read more

Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more