Personal stories about taking antibiotics for acute bronchitis
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Paula, age 26: I was diagnosed with acute
bronchitis after having the flu. Although I know people who have used
antibiotics for this condition, my doctor explained that antibiotics would not
be effective for acute bronchitis caused by a viral infection. She suggested I
take cough medication for my cough if necessary. This made sense to me.
Josef, age 67: I have asthma. When I was
diagnosed with acute bronchitis, my doctor felt that because of the asthma, and
my age, that I was at risk for pneumonia. He suggested a course of antibiotics,
and I agreed.
Theo, age 46: When I was diagnosed with acute
bronchitis, I thought I'd get some antibiotics and that would be the end of it.
My doctor explained that this might shorten my cough by a day but really would
do no more. One day is not worth the hassle and cost of antibiotics, so I just
used cough medicine.
Martha, age 52: I guess acute bronchitis
usually goes away in a couple of weeks, so my doctor suggested I treat my
symptoms at home. But it's been about a month and I'm still coughing and
feeling bad. We are going to try some antibiotics.
Maria G. Essig, MS, ELS
Susan Van Houten, RN, BSN, MBA
Pat Truman, MATC
Primary Medical Reviewer
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Robert L. Cowie, MB, FCP(SA), MD, MSc, MFOM - Pulmonology
July 23, 2008
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 23, 2008
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