Bronchitis (Acute)

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.

Reviewed on 4/30/2014

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