It is referred to as a cough phlegm syndrome. It is a self-limited infection that causes the lining of the bronchial tubes to inflame and swell. Cough is the primary symptom.
Bronchitis may be acute or chronic. For acute bronchitis, this means that the symptoms of bronchitis last for three weeks while in chronic bronchitis symptoms occur most days for at least 3 months of the year and for at least 2 consecutive years. Chronic bronchitis is one condition of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD. Repeated bronchitis may indicate other conditions such as asthma, bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, tuberculosis, and sinusitis.
Chest x-ray if pneumonia is suspected
Pulse oximetry to determine oxygen levels in the blood
Commonly Prescribed Drugs
Beta-agonist inhalers for patients who are wheezing
Antibiotics. May be given but is not used routinely for the treatment of acute bronchitis.
Antitussives for children and adults older than six years
Aspirin or acetaminophen in case of fever. Do not give aspirin to children.