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That Cough Might be Acute Bronchitis

By DuPage Medical Group Pulmonary Medicine

Bronchitis occurs when the lining of your bronchial tubes become inflamed, limiting air flow to and from you lungs. Acute bronchitis is very common and often develops from a cold or respiratory infection.

Symptoms of acute bronchitis can include:

  • Cough which may produce clean, yellow, or green mucus
  • Wheezing
  • Low fever
  • Chest tightness or pain
  • Shortness of breath (in severe cases)

Your doctor will probably recommend rest, lots of fluids and fever-reducing medication. Most cases are gone without medical treatment in about two weeks. In certain cases, an antibacterial medication may be needed if you have a bacterial infection. A humidifier, cough medicine, or an inhaled medicine may also be recommended. 


Topics and Subtopics: Respiratory Problems

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