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Bronchitis (Acute)

What are the signs and symptoms of acute bronchitis?

Coughing is the most common symptom of acute bronchitis. The coughing begins early in the disease and usually lasts about 10 to 20 days as it gradually subsides. About 50% of individuals have a productive cough with either clear, yellow, greenish, or occasionally blood tinged sputum. Consequently, signs and and symptoms of acute bronchitis may include:

  • Coughing
  • Productive cough
  • Mild shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Nasal congestion
  • Headache
  • Mild fever and chills
  • Chest discomfort
  • Muscle aches
  • Fatigue

Children may also have:

  • Runny nose
  • Mild fever
  • May gag or vomit mucus

If a person develops fever, shortness of breath, cyanosis or chest pain, they likely have another problem but not acute bronchitis.

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Reviewed on 10/20/2016

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