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When should I see a doctor about bronchitis?

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Make a doctor's appointment if:

  • Your cough does not improve after 10 days.
  • You’re really uncomfortable or are coughing so hard that you can’t sleep.
  • You have chest pain with coughing or difficulty breathing. 
  • Your cough is accompanied by unexplained weight loss.
  • You have a fever over 100.4°F.
  • You’re wheezing or feel like you can’t breathe.
  • There’s blood in the mucus you cough up, or you have other symptoms that seem unusual for a cold.

From: Is Bronchitis Contagious? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: “Preventing Acute Bronchitis;” “Acute bronchitis;” and “Understanding Chronic Bronchitis.”

CDC: “Bronchitis (Chest Cold).”

Michael Benninger, MD, chairman, Head and Neck Institute, Cleveland Clinic.

National Health Service/UK.Gov: “How Long Is Someone Contagious After a Viral Infection?”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on May 03, 2019

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: “Preventing Acute Bronchitis;” “Acute bronchitis;” and “Understanding Chronic Bronchitis.”

CDC: “Bronchitis (Chest Cold).”

Michael Benninger, MD, chairman, Head and Neck Institute, Cleveland Clinic.

National Health Service/UK.Gov: “How Long Is Someone Contagious After a Viral Infection?”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on May 03, 2019

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