Q&A: I had bronchitis and four months later, I'm still sick. Do I have walking pneumonia?

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I had bronchitis in November and went on antibiotics twice in January/February. It is now almost April, and I still have phlegm in my throat that I have to cough up so it doesn't get worse. It used to be yellow- sometimes it is, but now it's mainly white. I went a couple weeks ago to a doctor about it and they said I have an ear infection (with a tiny swollen lymph node as well because of it they said) and gave me a prescription Claritin but it didn't help I don't think. I also get dizzy lately, the doctor said ear infections can cause that. Is it possible I could have something more- like walking pneumonia? Or is this just the remainder of the bronchitis? It seems like 4 months is a long time to still have the sickness. I go back to a new family doctor on the 16th but was wondering if I shouldn't wait that long.

- Nicole


Jeffrey Scott Gorodetsky, MD - LocateADoc.com

Sounds like you have been sick for quite a while. I agree that you should see a regular Family Physician, rather than going to walk-in clinics, to get better comprehensive care. You could have just recurrent infections or a prolonged resistant one. I think as long as you aren't experiencing high fevers, chest pain, or difficulty breathing, you should be OK waiting until your scheduled appointment. If any of those symptoms occur, then you should go to the ER for more urgent treatment.

--Jeffrey Scott Gorodetsky, MD
Stuart, FL

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