Bronchitis (Acute) (cont.)

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What are the symptoms of acute bronchitis?

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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. The other symptoms may include:

Children may also have a runny nose and mild fever and 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.

What are the risk factors for acute bronchitis?

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Risk factors for acute bronchitis are the same as those for getting viral and bacterial infections; being in close contact with people that are coughing, sneezing, and touching items that infected persons recently handled. People that are exposed to air pollution, tobacco smoke, and to chemicals that are aerosolized are at higher risk for acute bronchitis. Unfortunately, many people worldwide are at risk; as many as 44 per 1000 individuals may develop acute bronchitis per year. The highest risks for the disease are the winter months.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/20/2013

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