Bronchitis is the same as ARVI. Like a common cold and like laryngitis. Just in this case, a causative factor (for example, a virus) attached itself and entered the mucous membrane of the bronchi. This is called the tropism of the virus, said infectious disease specialist Melnik Margarita.
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It is also a mistake to think that bronchitis is a complication. This is not true. Therefore, intimidation of the type "if the snot is not treated, there will be bronchitis" is absolutely not justified.
Bronchitis – Symptoms
• cough is mainly dry or unproductive;
• body temperature mainly rests on subfebrile indicators (37.2 ° C – 37.8 ° C);
• slight discomfort behind the sternum;
• wheezing in the chest is dry, wheezing, felt over the entire surface of the lungs;
• health is disturbed slightly, intoxication is not characteristic.
What antibiotic is needed for bronchitis?
More often than not. In most cases (up to 90%), acute bronchitis is caused by viruses (respiratory syncytial virus, metapneumovirus, bocaviruses, etc.).
Bronchitis does not need to be treated with an antibiotic
Antibacterial therapy should be considered in case of mycoplasma infection, whooping cough. This is about 10%. Acute primary bacterial bronchitis in healthy children is rare.
At risk are children with cystic fibrosis, immunodeficiency diseases. The color of sputum does not allow to reliably determine the virus or the bacterium is the cause of bronchitis.
But, unfortunately, if we turn to our realities, most bronchitis is treated with antibiotics.
How to treat bronchitis?
As well as any other ARVI. It is necessary to create comfortable conditions for recovery (cool and humid air, plenty of water).
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