Acute Bronchitis: Symptoms and Risks

Acute bronchitis is one of the most common respiratory diseases, the Lung Disease Information Service (LIS) in Germany has warned.

The service explained that this disease occurs when the mucous membranes lining the airways become inflamed due to viruses or bacteria.

Moreover, it indicated that symptoms of acute bronchitis include coughing accompanied by white phlegm if the cause is viral or yellowish-greenish phlegm if the cause is bacterial.

Other symptoms include burning behind the breastbone when coughing, throat inflammation, difficulty swallowing, fever, limb pain, and headache.

Treatment options:

Once these symptoms are noticed one should consult a doctor to receive timely treatment for acute bronchitis, which is done using antibiotics if the cause is bacterial, in addition to cough medicines and mucolytic drugs, along with plenty of fluids and rest.

Furthermore, The Lung Disease Information Service warned that if left untreated, acute bronchitis, can lead to serious complications such as pneumonia and myocarditis.

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