Bronchitis (Acute)

What are the causes of acute bronchitis?

The most common causes of acute bronchitis are viruses. Influenza, Parainfluenza, RSV, rhinovirus and adenovirus, and corona viruses are the main viral genera, but many people develop fairly mild symptoms so often the viral genus is never determined. Bacteria are less common the causative agents of acute bronchitis.

Bacterial causes of the disease include:

In addition, other agents such as tobacco smoke, chemicals and air pollution may irritate the bronchi and cause acute bronchitis.

Reviewed on 4/30/2014