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How do doctors know if you have viral or bacterial bronchitis?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Severity of sxs

Both viral and bacterial bronchitis have similar symptoms but bacterial bronchitis usually has a higher fever, more congestion, etc but there is considerable overlap.
Sometimes a sputum culture can be helpful in indentifying which bacteria are present. If there is only a low grade fever, it is usually viral.

In brief: Severity of sxs

Both viral and bacterial bronchitis have similar symptoms but bacterial bronchitis usually has a higher fever, more congestion, etc but there is considerable overlap.
Sometimes a sputum culture can be helpful in indentifying which bacteria are present. If there is only a low grade fever, it is usually viral.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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