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What is viral bronchiolitis?

It causes swelling and a buildup of mucus in the small airways of the lung called bronchioles. Bronchiolitis is almost always caused by a virus. It starts out with symptoms like a common cold but then it gets worse, causing coughing and a high-pitched whistling sound when breathing out called wheezing. Sometimes children have trouble breathing. Symptoms of bronchiolitis can last for 1 to 2 weeks but occasionally can last longer. It usually occurs in children less than 2 years and most common in babies less than 3 months. Most children get better with care at home. A small number of children need a stay in the hospital.

Symptoms of viral bronchiolitis

  • Noisy breathing; e.g. wheezing, rattling

  • Fever

  • Hands and feet turned pale and blue

  • Feeling breathless

  • clubbed finger

  • Cough

  • Recent contact with sick people with similar symptoms

  • First symptom is runny nose

Questions your doctor may ask to check for viral bronchiolitis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose viral bronchiolitis

  • Is your breathing noisy, like wheezing or rattling?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Is your skin colored either purple or blue?

  • Are you having difficulty breathing?

  • Do you have a cough?

Treatment for viral bronchiolitis

Supportive care and careful monitoring for breathlessness is important. Infants and severe cases may need to be hospitalized for oxygen support or for fluids to be given through a needle in the vein.

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References

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  • Fretzayas A, Moustaki M. Etiology and clinical features of viral bronchiolitis in infancy. World J Pediatr. 2017 Aug;13(4):293-299. doi: 10.1007/s12519-017-0031-8. Epub 2017 May 4. PMID: 28470580; PMCID: PMC7090852.

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  • Bronchiolitis - Mayo Clinic

    https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bronchiolitis/symptoms-causes/syc-20351565

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Unnati Patel, MD, MSc

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Dr Patel graduated from the Zhejiang University School of Medicine. She worked in clinical research at the University of Illinois in Chicago and University of Nevada in Las Vegas focused on culturally adapted health interventions for preventive medicine in the community setting. Received her Master's of Science in Global Health (concentration in Health Policy) from Georgetown University, during which she worked with the WHO in Sierra Leone and Save the Children in Washington, D.C. Unnati went on to complete her family medicine residency in Chicago, Illinois at Norwegian American Hospital. | | She is currently working as a primary care physician in the city of Chicago and completing her Master's of Business Administration at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and Fellowship in Leadership in Value-Based Care.

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Eisaku Kamakura, MD (Respiratory medicine)

Dr. Kamakura graduated from the Tokyo Medical and Dental University, School of Dentistry, and the Niigata University School of Medicine. He trained at Yokosuka Kyosai Hospital and held positions in the Respiratory Medicine departments at Yokosuka Kyosai Hospital, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Ome City General Hospital, and Musashino Red Cross Hospital. In 2021, he became the specially appointed assistant professor at the Department of General Medicine, Niigata University School of Medicine.

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