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Acute Bronchitis: Medical History - Topic Overview

During a medical history for acute bronchitis, your doctor will ask the following questions:

  • How long have you had the respiratory symptoms?
  • Do you have any other symptoms, such as shortness of breath, chest pain, wheezing, fever, or other general body symptoms?
  • Have you had other recent respiratory infections, such as a cold, the flu, or sinusitis?
  • Have you had recent contact with other people who have respiratory infections?
  • Do you smoke? If not, have you been in contact with air pollutants or other environmental irritants, such as smoke?
  • Do you have a cough that brings up mucus (productive cough)? If so, what color and how much? You may be asked to cough up a sample of mucus for testing. A cough may be dry (nonproductive) in many cases of acute bronchitis.
  • Do you have any other respiratory diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, or cystic fibrosis?

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: July 10, 2012
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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