The term bronchitis can be confusing, as in adults, it is generally used to refer to chronic bronchitis, a chronic inflammation of the bronchi, which is a component of COPD.

In children it is used to refer to inflammation of the bronchi as a feature of an acute infection.
General features
  • Cough (‘chesty cough’)
  • Fever
  • Cough usually lasts about 2 weeks (can be longer with pertussis and mycoplasma infections)
  • Generally, no treatment have been proven to speed up recovery – and as the condition is self limiting, no treatment should be given. Reassure anxious patients

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