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November 19, 2017

Bronchitis: Symptoms, Causes, Treatments

November 19, 2017

A persistent cough that just won’t go away. Chest discomfort. Wheezing. Shortness of breath. These symptoms may add up to a diagnosis of bronchitis. In this post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast family medicine expert Dr. My-Huyen Tran discusses and answers questions about bronchitis.

If you are experiencing coughing after a cold or flu you could have acute bronchitis. By scheduling an appointment with Dr. My-Huyen Tran you could help alleviate unnecessary down time. Learn more about our family medicine services or call (903) 877-7200 to make an appointment.


  1. What is bronchitis?
  2. What is the difference between acute bronchitis and chronic bronchitis? Are either of the two contagious?
  3. What are the symptoms of bronchitis?
  4. Why does bronchitis often occur after a cold or the flu?
  5. Are there ways to reduce the likelihood of getting acute bronchitis?
  6. What is the difference between pneumonia and bronchitis?
  7. How long is a person with bronchitis contagious?
  8. Are smokers or those with lung or pulmonary issues more susceptible to getting bronchitis?
  9. Rock singer Tom Petty was suffering from bronchitis when he died of a heart attack. Can bronchitis be life threatening?
  10. How is bronchitis treated? Are medications such as antibiotics helpful?
  11. Are there medications available that will help suppress the cough associated with bronchitis?
  12. Once you have had bronchitis, are you more susceptible to getting it in the future?
  13. Do you have any recommendations for those who suffer from chronic bronchitis?
  14. How long after the symptoms of a cold or the flu start to become bothersome before it's time to see a doctor about the possiblity of having bronchitis?

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