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Content updated on 2022-06-02

What is bacterial bronchitis?

A condition due to bacterial infection causing the bronchioles (air-carrying tubes in the lungs) become inflamed resulting in production of too much mucus

Symptoms related to bacterial bronchitis

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Phlegm

  • Hands and feet turned pale and blue

Questions your doctor may ask to check for bacterial bronchitis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose bacterial bronchitis

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have a cough?

  • Do you have phlegm?

  • Do you have purple blue colored skin?

Treatment for bacterial bronchitis

Antibiotic is required to treat this condition. Bronchodilators may be used on a short-term basis to open airways and reduce wheezing. Corticosteroids given in an inhaler are sometimes prescribed to help the cough go away and reduce the inflammation.

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