Bronchitis is inflammation of the main air passages to the lungs. Bronchitis may be short-lived (acute) or chronic, meaning that it lasts a long time and often recurs.
Acute bronchitis is most often caused by a virus and does not need treatment. It usually goes away within 7 to 10 days.
See your doctor if you have difficulty in breathing, or your symptoms are not going away. Sometimes you can develop a secondary bacterial infection and you will need antibiotics.
Aspirin and acetaminophen may help if you have a fever, and a cough medicine may also be of help. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids and get plenty of rest. See your pharmacist for more advice.
You should see your doctor if you have a history of chronic bronchitis .
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