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My dad has bronchitis is on meds but can't cough anything up and still can't breathe is it pneumonia?
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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Could be.
Sometimes the symptoms of pneumonia could look like bronchitis.
If your dad is a smoker, diabetic, elderly (70s or 80s), or has COPD or asthma, he's at greater risk of complications from bronchitis (i.e. Developing pneumonia). He needs to see his physician get his lungs listened to again. A chest xray may also help with the diagnosis of pneumonia. Good luck!

In brief: Could be.
Sometimes the symptoms of pneumonia could look like bronchitis.
If your dad is a smoker, diabetic, elderly (70s or 80s), or has COPD or asthma, he's at greater risk of complications from bronchitis (i.e. Developing pneumonia). He needs to see his physician get his lungs listened to again. A chest xray may also help with the diagnosis of pneumonia. Good luck!
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Possibilities...
Typically, in bronchitis, there is a productive cough.
Pneumonia usually has a productive cough as well as fever. If your dad has a non-productive cough and shortness of breath, bronchospasm needs to be considered and then the etiology sought. He may need bronchodilator and steroid inhalers until symptoms resolve. If symptoms are worsening, go to the er for urgent treatment.

In brief: Possibilities...
Typically, in bronchitis, there is a productive cough.
Pneumonia usually has a productive cough as well as fever. If your dad has a non-productive cough and shortness of breath, bronchospasm needs to be considered and then the etiology sought. He may need bronchodilator and steroid inhalers until symptoms resolve. If symptoms are worsening, go to the er for urgent treatment.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
In brief: Could be
It could be pneumonia or a number of other complications and he needs a formal medical evaluation asap, shortness of breath is always serious.

In brief: Could be
It could be pneumonia or a number of other complications and he needs a formal medical evaluation asap, shortness of breath is always serious.
Dr. Michael DePietro
Dr. Michael DePietro
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