Bronchitis (Acute)

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.

Reviewed on 4/30/2014

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