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When should you call the doctor about bronchitis?

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See your doctor if you have symptoms of acute bronchitis and also have lung, heart, or other medical problems or have HIV. Other times you should call your doctor:

  • Your cough is so severe that you can’t do your daily activities.
  • Your cough keeps you awake at night.
  • You cough up blood or mucus.
  • Your cough lasts longer than a week.
  • Your mucus gets darker, thicker, or there's more of it.
  • Your cough has a barking sound and makes it hard to speak.
  • You're losing weight for no known reason.

From: What Are the Symptoms of Bronchitis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Bronchitis”

American Lung Association: “Acute Bronchitis Symptoms”

Merck Manuals: “Symptoms of Acute Bronchitis.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Bronchitis

FamilyDoctor.org: “What are the Symptoms of acute bronchitis?”

NIH. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What are the Signs and Symptoms of Bronchitis?”

American Journal of Managed Care : “Acute Exacerbation of Chronic Bronchitis: A Primary Care Consensus Guideline.”

Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials:  “Antibiotics for acute bronchitis.”

Comprehensive Therapy: “Acute bronchitis: State of the art diagnosis and therapy.”

American Journal of Geriatric Society: “Office Evaluation and Treatment of Elderly Patients with Acute Bronchitis.”

European Respiratory Journal : “Chronic bronchitis among French adults: high prevalence and underdiagnosis.”

National Institutes of Health -- Centers for Disease Control. Goldman.  24th ed. Goldman's Cecil Medicine,

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on December 06, 2016

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Bronchitis”

American Lung Association: “Acute Bronchitis Symptoms”

Merck Manuals: “Symptoms of Acute Bronchitis.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Bronchitis

FamilyDoctor.org: “What are the Symptoms of acute bronchitis?”

NIH. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What are the Signs and Symptoms of Bronchitis?”

American Journal of Managed Care : “Acute Exacerbation of Chronic Bronchitis: A Primary Care Consensus Guideline.”

Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials:  “Antibiotics for acute bronchitis.”

Comprehensive Therapy: “Acute bronchitis: State of the art diagnosis and therapy.”

American Journal of Geriatric Society: “Office Evaluation and Treatment of Elderly Patients with Acute Bronchitis.”

European Respiratory Journal : “Chronic bronchitis among French adults: high prevalence and underdiagnosis.”

National Institutes of Health -- Centers for Disease Control. Goldman.  24th ed. Goldman's Cecil Medicine,

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on December 06, 2016

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