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Everything You Need to Know if You have Bronchitis

Everything you need to know if you have Bronchitis

Everything You Need to Know if You have Bronchitis

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchi, and it can either be acute or chronic. If you are diagnosed with bronchitis, your cough can persist for a couple of weeks or longer. It is important to seek appropriate medical attention, as it can lead to serious complications if not treated properly. Click through this slideshow to learn about the different symptoms of bronchitis, when you should see a doctor, and how to treat it.

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Everything You Need to Know if You have Bronchitis

The Signs and Symptoms

The Signs and Symptoms

Bronchitis has several unique characteristic symptoms:

  • Coughing
  • Coughing up mucus
  • Shortness of breath
  • Mild to high fever
  • Wheezing
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Everything You Need to Know if You have Bronchitis

Risk Factors that Can Lead to Bronchitis

Risk Factors that Can Lead to Bronchitis

  • Cigarette smoking: people who smoke are at a greater risk of suffering from bronchitis. People who smoke cigarettes are commonly diagnosed with chronic bronchitis, and tend to have more complications that affect their respiratory system.
  • Exposure to air irritants: individuals who work with certain types of lung irritants or chemicals are at a greater risk for developing bronchitis.
  • Gastric reflux: repeated and severe heartburn over time irritates the throat and makes it more vulnerable. This can lead to bronchitis.
  • Weak immune system: people who suffer from other medical conditions are more likely to suffer from bronchitis.
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When to Visit with Your Doctor

When to Visit with Your Doctor

Although most cases of bronchitis are not serious, in certain instances, symptoms that arise may warrant medical attention.

Symptoms that warrant medical attention include:

  • Chills
  • High fever
  • Fatigue
  • Wheezing
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing up blood
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How to Diagnose Bronchitis

How to Diagnose Bronchitis

It is difficult to reach a diagnosis of bronchitis based on the signs and symptoms alone. Therefore, bronchitis is diagnosed with the help of three tests.

  • Sputum test
  • Chest X-ray
  • Pulmonary Function Test
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Everything You Need to Know if You have Bronchitis

Ways to Treat Bronchitis Yourself

Ways to Treat Bronchitis Yourself

In most cases, bronchitis tends to resolve on its own. However, a little extra help can speed up that process.

The following tips can help your recovery:

  • Bed rest
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Avoid cold air, as it can trigger a cough
  • Avoid fumes
  • Don't smoke cigarettes, and quit smoking if you smoke cigarettes
  • Use honey to treat your dry cough