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      Category : Health Centers > Respiratory System (Lungs and Breathing)

Acute Bronchitis

Alternate Names : Inflammation of the Bronchi, Infection of the Bronchi

Acute Bronchitis | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the infection?

A person can decrease the risk for getting acute bronchitis by:

  • avoiding close contact with people who have bronchitis
  • washing his or her hands frequently and completely through the day
  • stopping smoking
  • wearing a face mask when working with chemicals, dust, or other lung irritants
  • What are the long-term effects of the infection?

    Acute bronchitis may take up to 8 weeks to resolve. Once the infection is over, there are generally no long-term effects. Some persons, especially smokers, are more likely to develop repeated bouts of acute bronchitis.

    What are the risks to others?

    Acute bronchitis is often catching. A person who has symptoms of bronchitis should cover the mouth when coughing Both the ill person and anyone who cares for him or her should also avoid sharing eating utensils or drinking glasses, and wash their hands frequently.

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    Author: Adam Brochert, MD
    Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
    Date Reviewed: 09/24/01

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