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I'm a teacher and every year I get bronchitis. Every year I

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I'm a teacher and every year I get bronchitis. Every year I go back to work thinking I'm getting better, only to make myself worse. This year I have been exercising and I'm now worried that I'll either go back to work and exercising too soon and get worse, OR my bigger fear is that I'll give myself to much "recoup" time and lose my exercise incentive. Is there a typical way to actually gauge this??
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Stan replied 1 year ago.

Hi, Dr. Stan here to help you today. I think you are asking how can I avoid getting ill after going back to teaching. Bronchitis is usually caused by a viral infection. If you continue getting sick when exposed to your students, you may have an underlying medical problem such as asthma. May I suggest you schedule an appointment with a Pulmonologist for a full evaluation and if needed, treatment to help you feel better.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I usually only have one episode a year. It just seems I think I'm feeling better, then I go back to work and it's like I have a major rebound. It's kind of an unanswerable question, but I was more curious about how long you should wait to go back. I always seem to go back too early and end up missing more time.
Expert:  Dr Stan replied 1 year ago.

You may want to wait until all of your symptoms such as cough, wheeze, shortness of breath and easy fatigue are completely gone before you begin your exercise program. Start exercising at a slow pace and if you get short of breath, stop and rest, then re-start your exercise. Don't push yourself too hard for the first month, gradually increase so you build stamina. I hope this answers your question, if not let me know.

Expert:  Dr Stan replied 1 year ago.

I hope you did not get symptoms of Bronchitis since school has started.