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Can acute bronchitis pose a life long risk?

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Dr. Jnikolla


Practicing since :2003

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Posted on Thu, 2 Aug 2018 in Lung and Chest disorders
Question: I have acute bronchitis that my urgent care clinic doc is treating with antibiotic, cough medicine and an inhaler. That started yesterday, I feel better today, but I'm still coughing, still ache, still feel wiped out. I want to return to work tomorrow. A friend told me that failure to recover fully from acute bronchitis can lead to lifelong vulnerability. True? I'm the boss at work and hate/hate/hate being absent.
Answered by Dr. Jnikolla 25 minutes later
Brief Answer:
no, it is not true

Detailed Answer:
Hello and welcome to HealthcareMagic,

Yes, I can understand your concern.

No, it's not true that acute bronchitis leaves a chronic weakness. Its mostly a bacterial infection and It is just the second day of the treatment. You should be a little patient. Usually, the improvement is seen after 48-72 hours.

So, I'd recommend you to have a rest and to continue the current treatment as per your treating doctor's advice.

Hope to have been helpful.

Regards and feel free to ask me again.


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