Bronchitis - Uncomplicated Acute Overview



Acute uncomplicated bronchitis is characterized by the inflammation of the bronchi. Patients usually presents w/ cough lasting for more than 5 days w/c may be associated w/ sputum production
Other symptoms of acute bronchitis include:
  • Sore throat
  • Rhinorrhea
  • Hoarseness
  • Dyspnea
  • Fatigue

Refer to Symptoms for more information.



  • Diagnosis is based on patient history & clinical presentation
  • Studies such as sputum analysis & culture, chest radiograph, pulmonary function tests, etc are not routinely requested unless to rule out other pulmonary diseases such as pneumonia

Refer to Diagnosis for more information.



Routine treatment of uncomplicated acute bronchitis w/ antibiotics is not recommended, regardless of cough duration
Options for symptomatic therapy include:
  • Analgesics & Antipyretics
  • Bronchodilator: Beta2-agonist (inhaled)
  • Cough & Cold Preparation

Refer to Treatment for more information.

Below is the overview of disease management of Bronchitis - Uncomplicated Acute:




  • Routine follow-up is not usually necessary
  • Consider alternate diagnoses, if symptoms worsen
  • Further investigation is recommended if:
  • Symptoms recur >3x/yr
  • If symptoms persist for >1 mth


Bronchitis - Uncomplicated Acute Symptomsâ–¶

Version: 3 Sep 2014

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