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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

Bronchitis

05/06/2008

Question:

My doctor said I have bronchitis and put me on antibiotics (cipro) I smoke and have been out of breath and wheezing for months now.What I would like to know is can I have bronchitis if I don`t have a cough or phlegm?

Answer:

By definition, bronchitis is inflammation of the bronchial tubes and is characterized by a cough and frequently mucus production. Shortness of breath and wheezing are common symptoms of several lung diseases, including asthma. Bronchitis alone is usually not associated with shortness of breath. Your symptoms should warrant further evaluation.

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Response by:

Gretchen   Whitby, APRN Gretchen Whitby, APRN
Nurse Practitioner of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University

Phillip T Diaz, MD Phillip T Diaz, MD
Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University