What is Acute bronchitis? It is a lower respiratory tract infection involving the large airways (bronchi). These bronchi become inflamed, causing a cough. Bronchitis can occur when one is sick with the common cold or flu.
Bronchitis Symptoms: The most common symptoms of acute bronchitis include:
Persistent cough; this may last 10 to 20 days
How Long Does Bronchitis Last? It is not uncommon for the cough in Acute Bronchitis to last 3 weeks, sometimes even longer. If your cough lasts longer than 3 weeks, you should follow-up with your medical provider. Bronchitis is usually always caused by a viral infection, where an antibiotic will not help.
When is Acute Bronchitis treated with an Antibiotic? Sometimes Bronchitis can occur from a bacterial infection called Pertussis (Whooping Cough). In this case, an antibiotic can help. Your medical provider will be able to examine you and tell if you have Pertussis.
When should One See Their Medical Provider for Bronchitis?
How Can Acute Viral Bronchitis Be Treated?
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