Disease: Bronchitis (Acute)

    Acute bronchitis facts
    • 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:
      • sputum production,
      • sore throat,
      • nasal congestion,
      • headache,
      • muscle aches, and
      • fatigue.
    • 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.

      Source: http://www.rxlist.com

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