Table of Contents
- Acute bronchitis definition and facts
- What is acute bronchitis?
- Is acute bronchitis contagious?
- What are the signs and symptoms of acute bronchitis?
- What causes acute bronchitis?
- Who gets acute bronchitis?
- How can I tell if I have acute bronchitis?
- What is the treatment for acute bronchitis?
- What natural or home remedies treat and cure acute bronchitis?
- What medications treat and cure acute bronchitis?
- When should I contact my doctor about acute bronchitis?
- What are the possible complications of acute bronchitis?
Quick GuideBronchitis Symptoms and Treatments
Is acute bronchitis contagious?
The majority of people with acute bronchitis are contagious if the cause is an infectious agent such as a virus or bacterium. The contagious period for both bacteria and viruses is usually as long as the patient has symptoms although for a few viruses, then maybe contagious a few days before symptoms appear. Contagious viruses that may cause acute bronchitis are listed in the causes section.
People usually are less likely to be contagious as the symptoms wane. However, acute bronchitis that is caused by exposure to pollutants, tobacco smoke, or other environmental agents is not contagious.
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