Time to see a doctor
- Coughing up mucus that may be yellow or green
- Runny and stuffy nose starting a few days before the chest congestion
- Feeling run-down or tired
- Sore ribs from prolonged periods of coughing
- Not being able to be as active
- Wheezing or a whistling sound while breathing
- If your symptoms persist.
- Fever (low-grade)
We do NOT treat patients experiencing high fever, chest pain, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
Acute bronchitis is a very common inflammation of the lining of bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from the lungs. It is typically self-limited, resolving within 1-3 weeks. We recommend rest, increased fluid intake, a cough suppressant or other soothing remedies for the symptoms. A humidifier or steam may also help. Because viruses cause most cases, antibiotics are not usually recommended.
Cough is the main symptom in patients presenting with acute bronchitis. You might have a nagging cough that can last up to a few weeks, coughing up mucus that is clear, yellow, or green. You might also have normal cold or flu symptoms, like a stuffy nose, sore throat, or headache. People with bronchitis do not usually get a fever.
It’s often preceded by upper respiratory tract infection or the common cold caused by a respiratory virus and less frequently by a bacterial infection.