Inflammation of trachea, bronchi, and bronchioles resulting from a respiratory tract infection or chemical irritant (1)
Cough, the predominant symptom, may last as long as 3 weeks (2,...
Onset of cough for >5 days and no evidence of pneumonia, asthma, exacerbation of COPD (3)
Cough is initially dry and nonproductive, then productive; later, mucopurulent sputum, whic...
Outpatient treatment unless elderly or complicated by severe underlying disease
Stop smoking and avoid secondhand smoke.
Usually a self-limited disease not requiring follow-up
Cough may linger for several weeks.
In children, if recurrent, need to consider other diagnoses, such as asth...
Asthma; Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Emphysema
Algorithm: Cough, Chronic
J20.9 Acute bronchitis, unspecified
J68.0 Bronchitis and pneumonitis due to chemicals, gases, fumes and vapors
B97.0 Adenovirus as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere
J20.1 Acute bronch...
Acute bronchitis is a common and generally self-limited disease.
It usually does not require treatment with antibiotics. This needs to be explained to patients who expect antibiotics to...
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