Acute bronchitis is inflammation of the bronchial tubes.
The most common cause of acute bronchitis is a viral or bacterial infection, but other causes may include irritants like tobacco smoke, air pollution, or chemicals.
The primary symptom of acute bronchitis is a cough. Other symptoms may include:
muscle aches, and
Children with acute bronchitis may have symptoms of:
a runny nose,
mild fever, and
cough up sputum or vomit mucus.
Acute bronchitis can be contagious, however, acute bronchitis caused by exposure to pollutants, tobacco smoke and other chemicals is not contagious
Acute bronchitis is diagnosed by the patient's history, physical exam, and possibly procedures or tests.
Some home remedies may relieve bronchitis symptoms.
Some medications may relieve bronchitis symptoms, for example, cough suppressants, NSAIDs, acetaminophen, and antibiotics (for bacterial infections only). In children under age 2, a pediatrician should be consulted before OCT medicines are used.
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