Bronchitis and Bronchiolitis

Quick Facts about Bronchitis and Bronchiolitis

Quick Facts help you understand bronchitis but are not a substitute for diagnosis and treatment by your doctor.

Symptoms - bronchitis/bronchiolitis often follows a cold or flu; cough, especially one bringing up mucus, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest discomfort and tightness

Transmission- similar to cold, infection is directly from those with a cold, flu or bronchitis or indirectly from surfaces they touch; often caused by viruses but may be caused by bacteria; RSV virus is a common culprit

Prevention - as advised by your doctor, a flu or pneumonia shot; similar to colds, avoid contact with infected persons and observe Doctors Report Prevention Steps; as with other infections involving breathing, do not smoke, avoid second hand smoke and other irritants in the air

Treatment - for children, a doctor's care, especially for breathing problems or bluish skin; most bronchitis is viral and not responsive to antibiotics; see doctor for diagnosis of bacterial bronchitis and necessary treatment; rest, fluids and treatment of coughing and other symptoms with advice of doctor; humidifiers and steam may help


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