Bronchitis (Acute)

Acute bronchitis definition

Acute Bronchitis Symptoms

Acute bronchitis is often referred to as a "chest cold," caused by a variety of viruses and bacteria. Symptoms of acute bronchitis are:

  • cough,
  • watery eyes,
  • chills,
  • headache, and...

Acute bronchitis is inflammation of the bronchial tubes (the airways that allow air to pass from the mouth to the lungs) that usually is caused by viruses or bacteria. Although other irritants for example, smoke or pollution, also may cause the disease, they are far less frequent causes. A cough lasting 5 or more days suggests acute bronchitis as a cause. People with recurrent acute bronchitis may develop chronic bronchitis. Chronic bronchitis is defined as a cough that occurs every day with sputum production that lasts for at least 3 months, 2 years in a row. Continue Reading

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