Bronchitis (Acute)

When should I contact my doctor about acute bronchitis?

Most individuals do not need to contact their doctor as the disease is usually limited to about 10 to 20 days and resolves. However, the doctor should be seen if symptoms become severe or if fever develops and persists. In addition, if other symptoms develop (short of breath, night sweats) or if the symptoms persist past about 20 day or if you have repeated bouts of acute bronchitis during the year, you should contact your doctor. Children with suspected acute bronchitis, especially those aged 2 and under, should be seen by their pediatric doctor.

What are the possible complications of acute bronchitis?

Complications of acute bronchitis are infrequent but include pneumonia (viral and/or bacterial), chronic bronchitis, asthma, and sinusitis. In addition, depending on the pathogen, complications include tuberculosis, pertussis (whooping cough), and other infectious lung diseases.

Reviewed on 4/30/2014