Acute Bronchitis Is Short Term
Headache and body ache
Acute bronchitis symptoms can last up to two or three weeks. Then people return to normal. Symptoms of acute bronchitis are similar to symptoms of other respiratory conditions, including the flu, sinusitis, pneumonia, GERD and lung cancer.
Call your primary care doctor or family healthcare provider. Your doctor can give you the right diagnosis and care.
Chronic Bronchitis Requires Ongoing Care
Chronic bronchitis is a serious respiratory condition. Chronic bronchitis is one of two main types of COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. With chronic bronchitis, it is hard to breathe. Chronic bronchitis usually is caused by smoking. Air pollution can make symptoms worse. Dust and toxic gases also may be a cause of chronic bronchitis.
People with chronic bronchitis often need ongoing medical treatment. People who smoke cigarettes and have chronic bronchitis have a harder time getting better. They often can have lung damage that does not heal.
Treatment for chronic bronchitis may include inhalers and steroids prescribed by your doctor. Oxygen therapy and pulmonary rehabilitation also help symptoms.
It also is important to get a yearly flu shot and vaccine for pneumonia.