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How long can a cough last before bronchitis sets in?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine

In brief: Infection...

There are many etiologies for cough, one of which is acute bronchitis, which is due to an infection of the airways.
Chronic bronchitis is a form of COPD which is usually due to smoking. Cough is a symptom of both of these but the cough does not cause the conditions.

In brief: Infection...

There are many etiologies for cough, one of which is acute bronchitis, which is due to an infection of the airways.
Chronic bronchitis is a form of COPD which is usually due to smoking. Cough is a symptom of both of these but the cough does not cause the conditions.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Patrick Hieber
Pediatrics

In brief: Cough

The duration of a cough has no direct relation to the development of bronchitis.
The most common causes of a prolonged cough include serial viral illnesses, nasal allergies and sinusitis. In children , bronchitis is almost always due to bronchospasm; if this is repetitive, it is called asthma or reactive airways disease.

In brief: Cough

The duration of a cough has no direct relation to the development of bronchitis.
The most common causes of a prolonged cough include serial viral illnesses, nasal allergies and sinusitis. In children , bronchitis is almost always due to bronchospasm; if this is repetitive, it is called asthma or reactive airways disease.
Dr. Patrick Hieber
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