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Acute bronchitis is an infection in the lining of the of the air tubes connected in the lungs. It is normally cause by a virus and can often happen after a cold or flu.
Smoking increases your chances of getting the infection.
It usually lasts between 7-10 days, but can go on for 3 weeks.
- Persistent chesty cough
- Breathlessness or exertion
- Coughing up green or yellow sputum
- High temperatures
- Loss of appetite
When to see the Doctor
- If your symptoms have not improved after 7-10 days or 3 weeks
When to seek urgent medical advice
- Persistent Fever (temperature of 38*C)
- Sharp pain when breathing in
- Cough up blood stained mucus
- You are breathless at rest
- If other people notice you become confused or disorientated
- Your heart rate is faster than normal
- Viruses are the main cause
- Temporary inflammatory of the wind pipe and airways
- Thick mucus
Do I need antibiotics?
The use of antibiotics is not recommended for bronchitis because:
- It is caused by a virus
- Antibiotics will not get you any better any quicker and may experience side effects
- Over-using antibiotics for minor ailments makes them less effective for life-threatening conditions
What treatment should I take?
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Take paracetamol or ibuprofen if you have a high temperature
- Stop smoking
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