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Contagiousness of viral bronchitis - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   hi
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   how can i help you?
User :   I'm visiting my sister-in-law for 1 week. She has viral bronchitis. Is it contagious?
User :   I've had bronchitis before took medicine and it went away fast
Doctor :  
any viral infection is contagious.
User :   I hear different things, it's contagious it's not. When i Had it my dr told me I wasn't contagious
User :   How do you know if it's viral or not?
User :   She caught it while in Italy
User :   she was on vacation
User :   and she was sleeping in the cold with no heat
User :   how can that be viral??
Doctor :   most common cause for bronchitis is viral fever
User :   Should I be concerned that I may catch it?
Doctor :  
other causes could be allergic
User :   Ok she started with a sore throat
User :   and has been coughing non stop
User :   taking medicine
User :   but not antibiotics
User :   shouldnt they prescribe her antibiotics??
User :   how likely am I to catch bronchitis?
User :   is it a 50/50 chance?
Doctor :   doe she have fever?
User :   no fever
User :   just cough
User :   no mucus either
Doctor :  
then the chances of infection is unlikely
Doctor :  
and antibiotic therapy is not required
User :   Thank you on my behalf
User :   im concerned for her
User :   she isnt getting better shes getting worse
User :   and they have not prescribed antibiotics
Doctor :   ok

Doctor :  
as i mentioned about the other causes
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