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How would you know if your bronchitis is acute or chronic?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Difference...: Acute bronchitis is due to an infection of the airways and is characterized by cough productive of discolored sputum, fever, sore throat, generalized aches, etc. Chronic bronchitis is a form of COPD and is usually due to smoking. Typical symptoms: progressive shortness of breath, cough productive of sputum and no symptoms of acute infection. Pulmonary function testing shows chronic obstruction.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

How do you tell if your bronchitis is acute or chronic?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Clinically...: Acute bronchitis is typically caused by an infection so, besides an acute onset of productive cough and possibly shortness of breath, other symptoms of infection would be present like fever, chills, body aches, malaise, etc. Chronic bronchitis is not caused by an infection so those symptoms would not be present and the productive cough lasts much longer.

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Last updated Jun 10, 2014

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