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What are the symptoms of bronchitis vs pneumonia?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Location...

Bronchitis is infection in the airways whereas pneumonia is infection of the lung itself.
Usually, symptoms of bronchitis include coughing discolored sputum, wheezing, shortness of breath, fever, chills, body aches, etc. The symptoms of pneumonia can be very similar but your doctor can tell the difference via physical exam and test results.

In brief: Location...

Bronchitis is infection in the airways whereas pneumonia is infection of the lung itself.
Usually, symptoms of bronchitis include coughing discolored sputum, wheezing, shortness of breath, fever, chills, body aches, etc. The symptoms of pneumonia can be very similar but your doctor can tell the difference via physical exam and test results.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Different diseases

Bronchitis is inflammation of the tubular airways into the lung and is usually caused by viruses or chemical irritants.
Cough, low grade fever, wheezing, sputum production sometimes with specks of blood. Pneumonia is infection of the lung tissues, with chills, fever, chest pain, shortness of breath, general malaise, etc., depending on the organism. It could be milder.

In brief: Different diseases

Bronchitis is inflammation of the tubular airways into the lung and is usually caused by viruses or chemical irritants.
Cough, low grade fever, wheezing, sputum production sometimes with specks of blood. Pneumonia is infection of the lung tissues, with chills, fever, chest pain, shortness of breath, general malaise, etc., depending on the organism. It could be milder.
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