March 29, 2017
Table of Contents
- Acute bronchitis definition and facts
- What is acute bronchitis?
- Is acute bronchitis contagious?
- What are the signs and symptoms of acute bronchitis?
- What causes acute bronchitis?
- Who gets acute bronchitis?
- How can I tell if I have acute bronchitis?
- What is the treatment for acute bronchitis?
- What natural or home remedies treat and cure acute bronchitis?
- What medications treat and cure acute bronchitis?
- When should I contact my doctor about acute bronchitis?
- What are the possible complications of acute bronchitis?
Acute bronchitis definition and facts
- Bronchitis is an inflammation of your bronchial tubes (the tubes that carry air to your lungs).
- There are two types of bronchitis; 1) acute bronchitis, and 2) chronic bronchitis.
- The definition of acute bronchitis is a cough lasting 5 or more days suggests acute bronchitis as a cause. Sometimes people with recurrent acute bronchitis develop chronic bronchitis.
- Chronic bronchitis is defined as a cough that occurs every day with sputum production that lasts for at least 3 months, 2 years in a row.
- The most common way most people become infected with or “get” acute bronchitis is via a viral or bacterial infection; however, 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
- 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 and soothe 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.
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