Bronchitis is a viral infection that can last from 6 weeks to 2 years. Symptoms include difficulty breathing and a hacking cough that produces phlegm. Acute bronchitis may be accompanied by an upper respiratory infection. Chronic bronchitis, most often seen in heavy smokers, can lead to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Bronchitis is treated with rest, plenty of fluids, and avoiding smoking and fumes. In chronic cases, inhaled steroids and oxygen supplementation may be necessary. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage of how bronchitis is contracted, its symptoms, how to treat it, and much more.
Is bronchitis contagious?
Can you catch bronchitis or give it to someone else?
Asthmatic Bronchitis: Symptoms, Treatment, and More
WebMD discusses asthmatic bronchitis, including whether it's contagious and its symptoms, causes, and treatment.
Bronchitis Diagnosis and Treatment: What to Know
Acute bronchitis brings on a nagging cough. Make sure you get the right diagnosis and treatment to get rid of it fast.
What Are Bronchitis Symptoms?
Symptoms of acute bronchitis can sometimes be hard to tell from cold and other breathing conditions. Watch for a long-lasting cough, lots of mucus, and other symptoms.
Cough Medicine: Should You or Shouldn’t You?
Do cough medicines really work? Get the facts on cough medicine effectiveness and side effects.
Pepper and Soap Trick Teaches Kids to Wash Hands
A pre-K teacher in Miami found a unique way to help her students learn about the best way to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is a new (novel) strain of coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. It causes mild flu-like symptoms, but severe cases can be fatal. Learn how to spot symptoms, prevent spreading of the disease, and find out what to do if you think you have it.
Short of Breath? Tips for COPD Breathlessness
Anxiety and panic are normal reactions to feeling you can’t get your breath. It’s also hard to watch someone you care for struggle to breathe. WebMD offers tips that COPD patients and caregivers can use during episodes of breathlessness.
A Physician’s Experience Contracting COVID-19
Today’s guest on Coronavirus in Context, Dr. Sharon Amaya, wasn’t on the front lines when she began to experience the telltale signs of COVID-19, but she explains how her role as an emergency medicine physician informs how she approaches this virus, from quarantining early on to recovery.
Heart Disease and COVID-19
Today’s guest on Coronavirus in Context, Dr. Mitchell Elkind, speaks with WebMD Chief Medical Officer John Whyte on what people with heart disease need to know.
COVID-19 Video on What Not to Do
Should you visit your doctor if you experience coronavirus symptoms? What about wearing masks? Here are a few constructive approaches to get through this pandemic.
What Is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a strain of coronavirus that was first found in humans in 2019.
Slideshows & Images
Coronavirus in Context: How Hospitals Will Prepare for Surge of COVID-19 Cases
WebMD's Chief Medical Officer, John Whyte, MD, MPH, speaks with the President of the Society of Critical Care Medicine
What Is a 'Silent Spreader'?
In the avalanche of new terminology related to coronavirus, you might be hearing about 'silent spreaders' - but what does that term really mean? ...
What to Eat to Boost Your Immune System
Wouldn’t it be nice if eating a particular food could magically protect you against all the nasty bugs floating around? (Even better, if ...
Coronavirus Fears When You Have Diabetes
A couple of nights ago, I did what every scientific expert on COVID-19 virus has warned against: I panicked. After a day spent reading ...