Doctor: Can you tell me what is bothering you?
Patient: I have had a cough for the past few days. A few days ago I had a cold.
Doctor: Is it a dry sort of cough or is it productive (with sputum, secretions)?
Patient: It is mostly dry, at times productive.
Doctor: Are you allergic?
Doctor: Do you smoke?
Doctor: Do you work in an environment where you are exposed to dangerous chemicals?
Doctor: Do you take any other medication?
Doctor: Do you cough constantly throughout the entire day, does it tire you out?
Patient: I have it almost constantly, very frequently throughout the day.
Doctor: Does it keep you from sleeping at night?
Patient: It gets worse or happens more often when I am lying down.
Doctor: Have you had a fever?
Patient: Sort of, very low, 37ºC, 37.5ºC.
Doctor: Besides the cough, do you have any other complaints?
Patient: A mild headache, when I cough my chest aches, and at times the muscles in my belly hurt.
Doctor: How long have you been coughing?
Patient: A little bit over a week.
Doctor: Have you taken any medication to stop the cough?
Patient: I have taken some cough syrup, but it didn’t really work.
Doctor: May I examine you with a stethoscope please?
Based upon these conclusions, the physician speculates whether this is a case of acute bronchitis.
Acute bronchitis occurs most often in the ages deemed most vulnerable (younger ages, including toddlers, and advanced ages). This is due to the fact that levels of immunity are especially lower for these ages.
The main symptoms of cough bronchitis are: cough, viral infection, breathing difficulty, fever, chest pain, tiredness, allergy, smoking.
Depending on the individual characteristics of the patient, doctors have to decide upon a variety of methods for diagnosing and treating the disease. If coughing is prolonged over several months, then the physician must further characterize and narrow down the causes behind the cough.
Cough bronchitis treatments include antibiotics, a medication which serves to dissolve and thus help the patient remove the secretions from their bronchi and vitamins. At times, broncho-dilators may be used if the patient is suffering from moderate respiratory distress.
Following the examination with a stethoscope, the doctor concludes: the patient has been suffering from a prolonged, relatively frequent cough, at times productive and bothering them during the night. etc
Patient a male 45 years old. Comes for a regular visit. Patient complains of severe, productive coughing, fatigue. Niko, 45 years old, had a light influenza that lasted about two weeks.
Acute bronchitis can be caused by viruses, such as influenza, para-influenza or adenoviruses and bacteria such as pneumococcus, etc.
Symptoms of bronchitis in adults are coughing, sub-febrile fever, secretions, fatigue, etc.
When the aforementioned symptoms, the coughing and the fever persist, the patient must refer to a physician for a visit.
While coughing, the chest and stomach muscles are involved in the process and an exhausting cough during the night or day, causes the muscles to feel sore and hurt.
Dry coughing is a response of the upper respiratory tract to unrest in its mucosal lining as a result of inflammation. Dry coughing could be spastic or non-spastic.
When coughing is dry, use an anti-histamine. If prolonged, visit a physician. When coughing is productive, use a mucolytic. If prolonged, visit a physician.
If coughing and fever persist for longer 3-4 days, and the aforementioned medication has not been utile, then one must visit the doctor.
The symptoms of bronchitis in children are more visible than in adults; fever and coughing are more exhaustive, the patient becomes pale and perspires, has reddened eyes and sometimes, lips.