Acute Bronchitis Symptoms & Causes

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What causes acute bronchitis?

Acute bronchitis is usually caused by a virus—it often follows the common cold.

  • Acute bronchitis may occur in children who suffer from allergies, chronic sinusitis, or those with enlarged tonsils and adenoids
  • Acute bronchitis can also be caused by dust, allergens, strong fumes, or secondhand smoke; acute bronchitis may be the cause or result of an asthma attack.
  • Pneumonia can be a complication of bronchitis

What are the symptoms of acute bronchitis?

Each child may experience symptoms differently, but common symptoms include:

  • Runny nose, usually before a cough starts
  • Malaise, or a general ill feeling
  • Chills
  • Slight fever
  • Back and muscle pain
  • Sore throat

What about a cough?

In the earlier stages of acute bronchitis, your child may experience a dry, non-productive cough; later on, this will become an abundant, mucus-filled cough. This coughing may even cause your child to gag or vomit.

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