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If I have chronic bronchitis, should I take antibiotics every time it flares up?
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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
3 doctors agree
In brief: No
Many times bronchitis has a viral etiology.
In fact in the first 5-7 days of illness you are much more likely to have a viral infection than a bacterial infection. I encourage my patients to try and wait for a week before starting antibiotics. However, you still may need medications to control symptoms such as nasal drainage and cough.

In brief: No
Many times bronchitis has a viral etiology.
In fact in the first 5-7 days of illness you are much more likely to have a viral infection than a bacterial infection. I encourage my patients to try and wait for a week before starting antibiotics. However, you still may need medications to control symptoms such as nasal drainage and cough.
Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. Eric Toloza
Surgery - Thoracic
In brief: Not always
Would only recommend antibiotics if you develop fevers, shaking chills, or colored (green or beige) or bloody sputum.
If blood sputum, would also recommend a chest x-ray.

In brief: Not always
Would only recommend antibiotics if you develop fevers, shaking chills, or colored (green or beige) or bloody sputum.
If blood sputum, would also recommend a chest x-ray.
Dr. Eric Toloza
Dr. Eric Toloza
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