Bronchitis Symptoms & Signs
Medical Author: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes, or airways that lead to the lungs. Acute bronchitis is sometimes referred to as a chest cold and can be caused by several types of viruses. Bacterial infections can also cause acute bronchitis. Bronchitis symptoms include shortness of breath, cough, chest pain, chest soreness, sore throat, watery eyes, fatigue, mild headache, chills, and body aches. Fever may be present. The cough may bring up sputum, known as a productive cough.
Chronic bronchitis is bronchitis that lasts a long time and is most common in smokers. The main symptoms of chronic bronchitis are cough, difficulty breathing (dyspnea), and wheezing.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/5/2013
United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Bronchitis (Chest Cold)." Sept. 30, 2013. <http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/antibiotic-use/uri/bronchitis.html>.
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- albuterol (Accuneb, [Ventolin and Proventil have been discontinued])
- beclomethasone hfa inhaler - oral, Qvar
- budesonide (oral inhalation, Pulmicort, Pulmicort Flexhaler)
- fluticasone and salmeterol oral inhaler, Advair Diskus, Advair HFA
- fluticasone propionate oral inhaler, Flovent (Discontinued), Flovent Diskus, Flovent HFA
- formoterol powder in capsule - oral inhalation, Foradil
- loratadine and pseudoephedrine (Alavert Allergy & Sinus, Claritin-D, Claritin-D 24 hour)
- methylprednisolone, Medrol, Depo-Medrol, Solu-Medrol
- mometasone, Elocon
- prednisone, Deltasone, Liquid Pred
- salmeterol, Serevent
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