Ear Nose and Throat2 Comments
can I get over bronchitis without medication? is it contagious? Is a discolored phlem that is orangie rust or that was somewhat discolored with a strange streak of red down the middle to be concerned about?
Yes you could get over acute bronchitis without medication if you are in good health and it is a mild case. This however is not advisable as you cannot be sure about the virulence of the microorganisms responsible for the bronchitis (in infectious cases). Chronic bronchitis is associated with cigarettes smoking and so on, and stopping smoking will help ease the condition, or possibly allow for complete resolution. You can read more about bronchitis in these articles :
Infectious bronchitis is contagious depending on the organism involved. This discoloration that you are reporting in your sputum is not a good sign and may be a cause for concern. It could be an indication that your condition is progressing. Orange/rust and red streaks may be due to bleeding. You can find a list of causes of different sputum colors in this article :
THANK YOU DR. CHRIS I WISH I COULD HAVE YOU AS MY DR. JUST FROM YOUR BRIEF ANSWER. I WENT TO A CLINIC THIS YESTERDAY, 73.00 SINCE I DON’T HAVE INSURANCE, AND SHE TOLD ME I WAS NOT CONTAGIOUS, AND WAS NOT AWARE THAT MY DISCOLORED SPEWTUM WAS ANYTHING TO WORRY ABOUT.”I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF THAT” WAS HER REPLY WHEN I SAID THAT CERTAIN COLORS ARE A CONCERN. I WENT ON-LINE AND AM COPYING AND PASTING INFORMATION TO SEND TO HER SO SHE CAN BE MORE INFORMED IN HER PROFESSION!! I HAVE HAD CHRONIC BRONCHITIS FROM SCHOOL AGE TO 16 AND NOW IN MY LATE 60’S IS A FIRST.
THANK YOU SINCERELY FOR YOUR RESPONSE