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How will your doctor diagnose acute bronchitis?

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In some cases, your doctor may:

  • Check the oxygen levels in your blood. This is done with a sensor that goes on your toe or finger.
  • Do a lung function test. You’ll breathe into a device called a spirometer to test for emphysema and asthma.
  • Give you a chest X-ray. This is to check for pneumonia or another illness that could cause your cough
  • Order blood tests.
  • Test your mucus to rule out diseases caused by bacteria. One of these is whooping cough, which is also called pertussis. It causes violent coughing that makes it hard to breathe. If your doctor suspects this or the flu, she'll also take a nasal swab.

From: Bronchitis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Bronchitis.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Acute Bronchitis.”

American Lung Association: “What Is COPD?,” “Acute Bronchitis Symptoms, Causes, and Risk Factors,” “Diagnosing and Treating Acute Bronchitis,” “Managing and Preventing Acute Bronchitis,” “Emphysema.”

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School: “Acute Bronchitis.”

CDC: “Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work.”

NHS: “Bronchitis.”

PubMed: “Bronchitis.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “Pertussis.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on October 23, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Bronchitis.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Acute Bronchitis.”

American Lung Association: “What Is COPD?,” “Acute Bronchitis Symptoms, Causes, and Risk Factors,” “Diagnosing and Treating Acute Bronchitis,” “Managing and Preventing Acute Bronchitis,” “Emphysema.”

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School: “Acute Bronchitis.”

CDC: “Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work.”

NHS: “Bronchitis.”

PubMed: “Bronchitis.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “Pertussis.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on October 23, 2019

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