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How long does it take for bronchitis to go away?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Acute?

There are 2 types of bronchitis: acute and chronic.
Acute bronchitis is typically due to airway infections and lasts about 10-14 days. Chronic bronchitis is a form of COPD and is not curable although treatments are available.

In brief: Acute?

There are 2 types of bronchitis: acute and chronic.
Acute bronchitis is typically due to airway infections and lasts about 10-14 days. Chronic bronchitis is a form of COPD and is not curable although treatments are available.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine
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In brief: Depends

It all depends on the cause: viral- until your body's defense mechanisms fight it off (antibiotics don't work here.
) bacterial- same as above with also with the aid of antibiotics irritant (smoke, fumes, etc.)- after the exposure clears and the bronchial cells heal allergen (pollens, molds, etc.) - after the exposure clears and the histamine cells are no longer "sensitive.".

In brief: Depends

It all depends on the cause: viral- until your body's defense mechanisms fight it off (antibiotics don't work here.
) bacterial- same as above with also with the aid of antibiotics irritant (smoke, fumes, etc.)- after the exposure clears and the bronchial cells heal allergen (pollens, molds, etc.) - after the exposure clears and the histamine cells are no longer "sensitive.".
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Family Medicine

In brief: Depends

This is only answered by the etiology of the bronchitis.
Viral bronchitis, the most common, usually resolves within 1-2 weeks, but there can be ongoing residual cough that takes weeks to months to resolve. Bacterial bronchitis responds to antibiotics, with the same post-infectious course. Inflammatory and asthmatic bronchitis can go months, depending on the level of control.

In brief: Depends

This is only answered by the etiology of the bronchitis.
Viral bronchitis, the most common, usually resolves within 1-2 weeks, but there can be ongoing residual cough that takes weeks to months to resolve. Bacterial bronchitis responds to antibiotics, with the same post-infectious course. Inflammatory and asthmatic bronchitis can go months, depending on the level of control.
Dr. Andrew Carroll
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