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I cannot stop wheezing and have Bronchitis

By Anonymous December 21, 2015 - 9:23am
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It is only when I lay down. I tried propping up my pillows. No help. It is so annoying!

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER and thank you for reaching out to us for advice.

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining of your bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from your lungs.

Acute bronchitis is very common and usually develops following a cold or other respiratory infection. It usually improves within a few days without lasting effects, although you may continue to cough for weeks.

Chronic bronchitis, a more serious condition, is a constant irritation or inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes, often due to smoking. If you have repeated bouts of bronchitis, you may have chronic bronchitis, which requires medical attention. Chronic bronchitis is one of the conditions included in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Anonymous, contact your primary care physician today. Wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing that lasts more than three weeks, and a fever higher than 100.4 degrees F or 38 degrees C are symptoms that require medical attention.

Antibiotics will be prescribed if a bacterial infection is the suspected cause.

If you have allergies, asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), your doctor may recommend an inhaler and other medications to reduce inflammation and open narrowed passages in your lungs.


December 21, 2015 - 9:57am
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