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When should you call the doctor about bronchitis?

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You should see your doctor if you have symptoms of acute bronchitis and also have ongoing lung, heart or other medical problems or are infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Other times you should call your doctor:

If you have a fever above 100.4 F and a loss of appetite, wheezing or shortness of breath, and general achiness, see your doctor right away. Pneumonia may be the cause of your symptoms. Call 911 if you have chest pain or a hard time breathing.

  • Your cough is so ongoing or severe that you can’t sleep well or do your daily activities.
  • Your cough keeps you awake at night.
  • You cough up blood or mucus.
  • Your cough lasts longer than a week. In otherwise healthy people, a cough from acute bronchitis can last three weeks.
  • Your mucus becomes darker, thicker or increases in volume.
  • Your cough has a barking sound and makes it hard to speak.
  • It comes along with unexplained weight loss.

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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