Often it is hard to tell the difference between the
bacterial forms of
acute bronchitis. Both types usually develop during or
after a cold or other
upper respiratory infection.
In otherwise healthy people, both bacterial and viral bronchitis
usually get better with home treatment. But if you have another
respiratory disease, such as
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD),
cystic fibrosis, acute bronchitis may be a serious
problem and may be treated differently.
July 7, 2010
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Robert L. Cowie, MB, FCP(SA), MD, MSc, MFOM - Pulmonology
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