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Acute Bronchitis: Medical History
During a medical history for acute bronchitis, your doctor will ask the following questions:
- How long have you had the respiratory symptoms?
- Do you have any other symptoms, such as shortness of breath, chest pain, wheezing, fever, or other general body symptoms?
- Have you had other recent respiratory infections, such as a cold, the flu, or sinusitis?
- Have you had recent contact with other people who have respiratory infections?
- Do you smoke? If not, have you been in contact with air pollutants or other environmental irritants, such as smoke?
- Do you have a cough that brings up mucus (productive cough)? If so, what color and how much? You may be asked to cough up a sample of mucus for testing. A cough may be dry (nonproductive) in many cases of acute bronchitis.
- Do you have any other respiratory diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, or cystic fibrosis?
|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Robert L. Cowie, MB, FCP(SA), MD, MSc, MFOM - Pulmonology|
|Last Revised||July 10, 2012|
|By:||Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: July 10, 2012|
|Medical Review:||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
Robert L. Cowie, MB, FCP(SA), MD, MSc, MFOM - Pulmonology
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