Differences Between Acute Bronchitis and Pneumonia
Acute bronchitis and
pneumonia share many of the same symptoms, and some
people with acute bronchitis are at risk for getting pneumonia. Although
acute bronchitis usually goes away within a few weeks, pneumonia can be a
serious condition, especially in older adults.
The following table
outlines some differences between acute bronchitis and pneumonia. There are
variations in symptoms of both conditions, so if you think you might have
pneumonia, always check with your doctor.
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Pneumonia ranges from a mild condition treatable at home to a potentially fatal infection requiring hospitalization. If you have symptoms of pneumonia, you should see your health care provider to get appropriate treatment. Your provider may take the following steps to diagnose pneumonia:
Listen to your chest for crackling noises and tap your chest to check for dull thuds indicating fluid-filled lungs.
Request X-rays to confirm that you have pneumonia. If you have pneumonia, X-rays will show...