Bronchitis

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the air passages between the nose and the lungs, including the windpipe or trachea and the larger air tubes of the lung that bring air in from the trachea (bronchi), restricting air flow to and from the lungs. Acute, or short term, bronchitis is usually a viral infection, but can also be a bacterial infection and can heal without complications. Chronic, or long term, bronchitis is a sign of serious lung disease that may be slowed, but cannot be cured.

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What part of human body are affected by bronchitis?

Lungs.

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What is the difference between Bronchitis and Bronchiolitis?

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchi. Can effect adults and children. Caused by viruses (influenza) mostly, but can be super imposed by bacterial infection also.

Bronchiolitis is an inflammation of the bronchioles. It effects mainly children and caused by RSV (50% of the times) or other viruses. Most commonly during winter and spring months.

Bronchi branch in the lungs and give rise to bronchioles.

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Do you have a chest infection if you have a sore throat cough up green phlegm with a very chesty cough and have a stopped up nose which makes it hard to breathe?

Coughing up green stuff is a sign of infection, so you should get an examination by your health care professional to find out if you need treatment.

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What foods should you avoid if you have bronchiectasis?

According to the US National Institutes of Health site (see link in related links section), the only recommendation found about foods and nutrition in bronchiectasis includes getting plenty of fluids and eating a healthy diet while following a healthy lifestyle. Avoid sodium, solid fats, processed grains, and sugar:

A healthy lifestyle also involves following a healthy diet. A healthy diet includes a variety of vegetables and fruits. It also includes whole grains, fat-free or low-fat dairy products, and protein foods, such as lean meats, poultry without skin, seafood, processed soy products, nuts, seeds, beans, and peas.

A healthy diet is low in sodium (salt), added sugars, solid fats, and refined grains. Solid fats are saturated fat and trans fatty acids. Refined grains come from processing whole grains, which results in a loss of nutrients (such as dietary fiber).

Staying hydrated also is important. Drinking plenty of fluids, especially water, helps prevent airway mucus from becoming thick and sticky.

More from nih.gov about bronchiectasis:

Bronchiectasis (brong-ke-EK-tah-sis) is a condition in which damage to the airways causes them to widen and become flabby and scarred. The airways are tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs.

Bronchiectasis often is caused by an infection or other condition that injures the walls of the airways or prevents the airways from clearing mucus. Mucus is a slimy substance. It helps remove inhaled dust, bacteria, and other small particles from the airways.

In bronchiectasis, your airways slowly lose their ability to clear out mucus. The mucus builds up, and bacteria begin to grow. This leads to repeated, serious lung infections.

Each infection causes more damage to the airways. Over time, the airways can't properly move air in and out of the lungs. As a result, the body's vital organs might not get enough oxygen.

Still more about bronchiectasis:

Bronchiectasis is a lung condition where your child's bronchi become too wide and build up mucus in them. Your child's bronchi are medium-sized airways (tubes) that carry air in and out of his lungs. Your child's lungs make mucus to trap and remove germs and irritants that he breathes in. The mucus made in his lungs is also called phlegm and sputum. Your child's airways are lined with ciliated cells that help move the mucus out of his lungs. With bronchiectasis, your child's airways are damaged and he will have trouble clearing the mucus out. The mucus stays in his airways and germs may grow in it, causing new and repeated lung infections. Over time, this can cause your child's airways to swell, stretch out, and scar.

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What is a hematology lab test MCV for?

The MCV Lab Test is a kind of Hemotology Test. The results are derived from Hct, Hgb, and RBC count from a blood sample. MCV stands for Microtic cell volume, the test is an indicator for the size of the RBC's or red blood cells. It helps to determine if there is risk for certain anemia's. Tonya Fisher, LCNS Corbett, J.V. (2008) Laboratory Tests and Diagnostic Procedures with Nursing Diagnosis. (7th ed.) New Jersy: Person

Mean corpuscular volume (MCV) is a measurement of the average size of your RBCs (red blood cells). The MCV is elevated when your RBCs are larger than normal (macrocytic), for example in anemia caused by vitamin B12 deficiency. When the MCV is decreased, your RBCs are smaller than normal (microcytic), such as is seen in iron deficiency anemia or thalassemias.

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Does a spoon of honey with lemon juice help with bronchitis?

No need for the honey. I just drink lemon juice in a large glass of water several times a day and this takes care of the oncoming bronchitis (which I have had a history of getting for many years a few times a year. Would that I had known about the wonders of lemon juice way back when!). Also, I use fresh lemons--squeeze half a large lemon several times a day. If you use a small lemon, squeeze the whole fruit.

Be sure to check out the other benefits of the lemon online!

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How do doctors treat acute laryngotracheobronchitis?

Acute laryngotracheobronchitis is "croup". It is caused by one of the 4 strains of flu viruses. Although babies typically get croup, it is a rare but severe infection in adults. And adult occurrences are increasing.

The virus is typically most active from October to May. The virus is airborne but only lives a few hours outside the host (the human body). It can live on hands and surfaces, such as doorknobs and countertops, but it can be killed or contained by simple soap and water.

This illness is *highly* contagious. In adults it can cause upper respiratory tract infection, cough, shortness of breath, and stridor (one of many "bad" sounds that can occur in the lungs when infection or blockage is present). Although kids have a higher temperature and adults often have no fever, adults can have more narrowing of the subglottic area (the glottis becomes swollen, making it hard to swallow). Between the subglottic narrowing and the shortness of breath, many adults end up on ventilators to assist their breathing.

Any adult with severe symptoms of an upper respiratory condition, with a heavy "barking" cough, should see their doctor as soon as possible. *Please let the doctor's office know when you call that you have been exposed to others with croup. The office may not want you to come in because you could infect the staff and other patients.

Treatments

Lungs and breathing must be protected, so doctors often order medications suitable for asthma. These may be inhalers, or nebulizer treatments at home. It is important to follow directions as given. Report side effects if any occur.

Doctors might prescribe Z-pak for viral infections. But doctors could decide to start an antibiotic simply because the risk is high to develop bacterial or viral pneumonia.

Ask the doctor about what brand of cough syrup to use. You probably will need an expectorant, which helps bring secretions out of the lungs so you can cough it up and spit it into a tissue. ** Use good sanitary measures; keep the tissues in a bag that's easy to throw away; and use good handwashing.

Regular Tylenol can help relieve aches and pains, and an over-the-counter throat spray can help the sore throat.

Doctors may also prescribe a pill that helps break up secretions and helps dry the lungs from the infection. Report side effects.

Doctors may also give you steroids, either a 5-day or 10-day pack. It is important to take these *exactly* as instructed and to finish the med. If you have side effects, report them immediately. Young women should know that steroids can change the frequency of the menstrual cycle because steroids act on hormones; if this happens, the doctor can later give a different med to re-regulate your periods. Consult your doctor.

Otherwise, salt water gargles, rest, and breathing cooler air helps croup.

Make sure to protect the community, your friends, your family, and especially anyone who is very young, very old, or people who already are ill. For example, a person who already suffers from asthma or COPD would be very vulnerable to croup infections. Stay home; call off from school or work. Cough into a tissue or into your elbow. Un-infected members of the family should find different rooms to sleep rather than with the infected person. Move babies to a "clean" room and ask healthy family members to care for the baby and young children.

An adult with croup should NOT treat this illness lightly. It is NOT just a "bad cold". It is a severe and potentially life-threatening condition for adults, despite the silly images that the name "croup" evokes. If your airway starts to feel very tight, or you begin to have severe shortness of breath, you need to be seen or re-seen.

As always in an upper respiratory illness or urinary tract infection, AND especially with the meds needed to treat this illness, drink extra water. Room temperature or cold drinks will often help more than warm drinks, because the cold soothes the swollen throat tissues. But do push fluids. Low salt soups, broths, juices, and water are great. Remember that milk can coat secretions and make you feel like you are gagging--- if you must have milk, drink cool water in between each swallow of milk because the water will help wash the milk off the secretions in your throat.

If you'd like to read one of the physician journal articles about adult croup, I found one from the year 2000 that addresses adult croup.

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My doctor has put me on inhaled steroids (Symbicort) to ease the coughing. Apart from that, the only thing that really helps is steam - pour boiling water in a bowl and hang over it with a towel over your head. Add Vicks or some other inhalant to the water if desired but steam alone is enough. This eases the cough and the tightness. Also drink plenty of fluids. Don't forget the Vick's Vapo Rub. This opens up adult airways just as well.

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NOTE: Steam opens nasal passages. BUT croup is NOT a nasal condition. It is also NOT a lower lung condition. Adult croup involves the glottis in the throat-- croup can cause significant throat swelling in adults. Steam will swell the affected tissues. So steam heat or mist is NOT recommended. Rather, breath cooler air, such as from a cool mist humidifier. Keep rooms cooler. Adults rarely get fevers with adult croup so you will not make yourself sicker. Instead, cooler air and medications will make it much easier to breathe.

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What does it mean when your shoulder hurts really bad and causing weird feeling like tingling down your right arm?

possible brachial plexis is pinched. ie: pinched nerve. google brachial plexis. best to see a really good chiropractor if you can afford to. Or second choice is physician. medicare covers chiropractic.

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Can you have bronchitis and the flu at the same time?

Yes, you can! Bronchitis can also occur after the flu has passed or is passing, as your alveoli may not be able to get rid of all the germs from the flu and then it may develop into a bacterial infection... bronchitis. You could also contract the diseases separately!

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What age does bronchitis mostly affect?

Children and ederly people.

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What is mercers disease?

Mercers? Im sure what you are asking about is MRSA, it is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus

Staphylococcus aureus, often referred to simply as "staph," are bacteria commonly carried on the skin or in the nose of healthy people. Occasionally, staph can cause an infection; staph bacteria are one of the most common causes of skin infections in the United States. Most of these infections are minor (such as pimples and boils) and most can be treated without antibiotics (also known as antimicrobials or antibacterials). However, staph bacteria can also cause serious infections (such as surgical wound infections and pneumonia). In the past, most serious staph bacteria infections were treated with a certain type of antibiotic related to penicillin. Over the past 50 years, treatment of these infections has become more difficult because staph bacteria have become resistant to various antibiotics, including the commonly used penicillin-related antibiotics (1). These resistant bacteria are called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA.

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What is Mercer's disease?

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are a type of staphylococcus or "staph" bacteria that are resistant to many http://wiki.answers.com/health-center/antibiotics-definition.aspx. Staph bacteria, like other kinds of bacteria, normally live on your skin and in your nose, usually without causing problems. MRSA is different from other types of staph because it cannot be treated with certain antibiotics such as methicillin.

Staph bacteria only become a problem when they cause infection. For some people, especially those who are weak or ill, these infections can become serious.

MRSA infections are more difficult to treat than ordinary staph infections. This is because the strains of staph that are known as MRSA do not respond well to many types of antibiotics, which are the types of medicines normally used to kill bacteria. When methicillin and other common antibiotic medicines do not kill the bacteria that is causing an infection, it becomes harder to get rid of the infection.

MRSA bacteria are more likely to develop when antibiotics are used too often or are not used correctly. Given enough time, bacteria can outsmart antibiotics so that these medicines no longer work well. This is why MRSA and other antibiotic-resistant bacteria are sometimes called "super bugs."

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Can penicillin cure bronchitis?

Most bronchitis is viral and can't be cured by antibiotics. When antibiotics are tried, penicillin is not on the list.

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Is Biaxin good for treating bronchitis?

is prescribed to treat a bacterial infection. Biaxin is an antibiotic, and yes is good for bronchitis. GOOD BYE ...

We often prescribe Biaxin (the generic name is clarithromycin) for infections such as bronchitis, strep throat, pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, or tonsillitis.

Hope this helps!

Dr. B.

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What are the symptoms of bronchitis?

Someone with bronchitis normally has a lot of coughing and mucus in the throat. The best thing to do would be to take him to his doctor. He will be able to give him medicine that will make him better quickly.

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What does it mean when you cough up green phlegm?

It usually will mean you have a respiratory system infection (like bronchitis). Check your temperature so you can tell your health care professional if you have had any fever. They should be contacted because it could be something that will need immediate treatment.

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Did bronchitis leads to death?

It is a respiratory condition which is rarely fatal.

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Can you have back surgery while recovering from bronchitis?

Can you have back surgery while recovering from bronchitis

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Can you have bronchitis and a cold at the same time?

Yes you can, bronchitis is a chronic condition whereas a cold is more acute. They affect a person in different ways but a cold will often lead to an exacerbation of bronchitis as the body will be producing even more mucus, which will lead to further narrowing of the bronchi. This will mean even more effort is required to get air into the alveoli in the lungs.

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Can bronchitis be passed from human to human?

Yes - pretty much any respiratory ailment, viral or bacterial, can easily be passed from one person to another.

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How does bronchopneumonia develops?

it is a patchy consolidation of lung.patchy consolidation areas of acute suppurative inflammation are seen.it is often multilobular,frequently bilateral and basal lesion.the affected area is elevated , dry, granular,grey to yellow and poorly demarcated.suppurative (neutrophil-rich) exudate is seen filling the bronchi, bronchioles and adjacent alveolar spaces.

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Is asthmatic bronchitis contagious from person to person?

Being a chronic inflammatory disease, asthmatic bronchitis by itself is not a contagious disease unless the person also has an acute underlying respiratory infection in addition to the bronchitis.

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What color phlegm can a person get with bronchitis or pneumonia?

green which means an infection

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Is bronchitis contagious?

Acute forms of bronchitis are very contagious and could easily be spread to everyone with whom you come into contact. Bacterial brohchitis is not, viral is...
after you are on antibiodics no
yes i am pretty sure it is. :(

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What is bronchitis?

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the air passages between the nose and the lungs, including the windpipe or trachea and the larger air tubes of the lung that bring air in from the trachea (bronchi). Bronchitis can either be of brief duration (acute) or have a long course (chronic). Acute bronchitis is usually caused by a viral infection, but can also be caused by a bacterial infection and can heal without complications. Chronic bronchitis is a sign of serious lung disease that may be slowed but cannot be cured.

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A sickness with coughing. I had it once and I hope you are talking about the sickness instead of something else. You should ask a doctor really.
Bronchitis is an inflamation of the bronchus and broncreoles. It makes the victim cough very hard all throughout the day. It can last anywhere from a few weeks to several months.

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