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- Acute bronchitis facts
- Acute bronchitis definition
- What is, and what are the causes of acute bronchitis?
- What are the symptoms of acute bronchitis?
- What are the risk factors for acute bronchitis?
- Is acute bronchitis contagious?
- How is acute bronchitis diagnosed?
- What treatments are there for acute bronchitis?
- Acute bronchitis home remedies
- Acute bronchitis medications
- When should I contact my doctor about acute bronchitis?
- What are the possible complications of acute bronchitis?
Acute bronchitis facts
- Acute bronchitis is inflammation of the bronchial tubes.
- The most common cause of acute bronchitis is a viral or bacterial infection, but other causes may include irritants like tobacco smoke, air pollution, or chemicals.
- The primary symptom of acute bronchitis is a cough. Other symptoms may include:
- Children with acute bronchitis may have symptoms of:
- a runny nose,
- mild fever, and
- cough up sputum or vomit mucus.
- Acute bronchitis can be contagious, however, acute bronchitis caused by exposure to pollutants, tobacco smoke and other chemicals is not contagious
- Acute bronchitis is diagnosed by the patient's history, physical exam, and possibly procedures or tests.
- Some home remedies may relieve bronchitis symptoms.
- Some medications may relieve bronchitis symptoms, for example, cough suppressants, NSAIDs, acetaminophen, and antibiotics (for bacterial infections only). In children under age 2, a pediatrician should be consulted before OCT medicines are used.
Reviewed on 1/21/2015