Acute Bronchitis – Causes, Symptoms, Treatments & More…

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Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes, the airways that carry air to your lungs. It causes a cough that often brings up mucus, as well as shortness of breath, wheezing, and chest tightness. There are two main types of bronchitis: acute and chronic.
The same viruses that cause colds and the flu often cause acute bronchitis. These viruses spread through the air when people cough, or through physical contact (for example, on unwashed hands). Being exposed to tobacco smoke, air pollution, dusts, vapors, and fumes can also cause acute bronchitis. Bacteria can also cause acute bronchitis, but not as often as viruses.
Most cases of acute bronchitis get better within several days. But your cough can last for several weeks after the infection is gone. If you think you have acute bronchitis, see your healthcare provider.
Treatments include rest, fluids, and aspirin (for adults) or acetaminophen to treat fever. A humidifier or steam can also help. You may need inhaled medicine to open your airways if you are wheezing. You probably do not need antibiotics. They don’t work against viruses – the most common cause of acute bronchitis. If your healthcare provider thinks you have a bacterial infection, he or she may prescribe antibiotics.
NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

29 Replies to “Acute Bronchitis – Causes, Symptoms, Treatments & More…”

  1. >>At Last! Everything you ever wanted to know about Dealing with Bronchitis revealed!>>> Did you ever get Bronchitis and have no idea how to care for it?

  2. Ive been coughing horribly for about a week and it keeps getting worse, I had laryngitis now I'm just coughing and it feels like my lungs are rattling, I've been tired more often and I'm only 14 my grandmother (who I see a lot) smokes and I dust for my great grandmother every week, what do I have…..

  3. IS BRONCHITIS SUPPOSED TO CAUSE STUFFY /RUNNY NOSE ,AND HORRIBLE MUSCLE ACHES WITH MILD FEVER, I FELT THIS WAY A FEW DAYS;BEFORE I HAD THE FLU SHOT I HAD MUSCLE ACHES THAN SHORTLY AFTER THAT MY THROAT GOT SORE THEN TICKLY THEN SEVERE CONGESTION AND RUNNY NOSE,NO CHILLS NAUSEA OR VOMITING NO DIARRHEA SO I FIGURED IT WASN'T CAUSED BY VIRUS BUT MY CHEST HURTS SO BAD WHEN COUGHING , DRINKING LOTS OF APPLE JUICE AND WARM LEMONADE AND DAILY SHOWERS BTW I HAD BRONCHITIS BEFORE AND I ENDED UP IN EMERGENCY ROOM WEARING A MASK WITH A HIGH TEMP.

  4. I used to have this and it's not bad u can't breathe but other wise I did not now I had it till I had breathing problems I toke down gross medicine 3 days later am fine but still had to miss week of school

  5. Hi, I have had a high fever of nothing bellow 100-102 for the past week about. I have a bark, kind of raspy sounding cough that feels like something is always in my throat and i cant stop coughing. Its hard to breath, and my chest feels heavy, i feel tired, and i have had hot sweats, loss of appetite. I am really wondering does this sound like acute bronchitis? I would like some feedback asap so I can get checked out thank you!

  6. I think I have acute bronchitis but here's a funny story about wheezing I've had:

    Me: starts coughing and wheezing
    My sister: what was that whistling sound?
    Me: wheezing me trying to breath.

  7. Bronchitis is the worst I have ever gone through, and now I think I am getting it again, I couldn't breathe properly for 5 days and I really don't want to go through it again!!

  8. People saying i had bronchitis and its not bad. well for you it wasnt bad they're levels to bronchitis. One of those levels is your bronchitis turning into pneumonia and you can die. it is that bad if it doesn't go away it will just keep getting worse.

  9. it started with chest pain then I noticed I had a sort of cough the chest pain and chills go on and off my mucas is yellow and my spit taste weird I stressed out and cant go to bed the cough is worse now but is not cuasing me to have trouble breathing I'm only 12 and I'm freaking out what is this

  10. Is it bronchitis if there is no cough? I had an X-Ray and it said that my bronchial tubes were affected, but I have no cough. Prior to this, I had one night of chest pains and inflammation of the airways.

  11. It started out with a fever. My throat only hurt a little. But it's now 5 days later, I don't have a fever any more but I can't breath properly. This is the worst pain I've ever felt. My throat hurts so bad I can't eat, I won't cough or else it will hurt like crap,

  12. I've had bronchitis for like 3 weeks and it kills every hour I got to cough out the mucus then I feel normal. it feels like I'm throwing up because of how hard I cough

  13. Meanwhile I'm just sitting here at 1:30 AM shivering, gagging from coughing up yellow, green, and pink mucus, with a fever of almost 102 F. When I stand up I get pounding headaches. And this is all from "acute bronchitis" ….I'm missing college classes. Well f*** me.

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