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Do I have a respiratory infection if I have bronchitis?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine

In brief: Probably....

If you are referring to acute bronchitis, then you most likely have either a bacterial or viral infection of your airways.
On the other hand, if you have chronic bronchitis, you have a form of copd, which is due to smoking and not infection.

In brief: Probably....

If you are referring to acute bronchitis, then you most likely have either a bacterial or viral infection of your airways.
On the other hand, if you have chronic bronchitis, you have a form of copd, which is due to smoking and not infection.
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine

In brief: No

Bronchitis is an inflammatory condition of the lining of the bronchial tubes.
Although infections can be a cause of this inflammation, there are non-infectious causes as well. This includes allergens (pollen, molds, etc.) and irritants (smoke, chemical fumes, vapors, etc.).

In brief: No

Bronchitis is an inflammatory condition of the lining of the bronchial tubes.
Although infections can be a cause of this inflammation, there are non-infectious causes as well. This includes allergens (pollen, molds, etc.) and irritants (smoke, chemical fumes, vapors, etc.).
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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Family Medicine

In brief: Yes

Typically yes. Most bronchitis is viral though, and will resolve on its own.
Less often, it's due to a bacteria, and may respond to an antibiotic. And then sometimes bronchitis is inflammatory, and will either spontaneously resolve or will require medical treatment.

In brief: Yes

Typically yes. Most bronchitis is viral though, and will resolve on its own.
Less often, it's due to a bacteria, and may respond to an antibiotic. And then sometimes bronchitis is inflammatory, and will either spontaneously resolve or will require medical treatment.
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