Who should see a doctor for bronchitis?

For bronchitis, you should see a healthcare provider if you or your child has:

  • temperature higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
  • a fever and cough with thick or bloody mucus
  • a chronic heart or lung problem
  • shortness of breath or trouble breathing
  • symptoms that last more than 3 weeks
  • repeated episodes of bronchitis/bronchiolitis

If your child is younger than three months of age and has a fever, it’s important to always call your healthcare provider right away.

Your healthcare provider can determine if you or your child has acute bronchitis, chronic bronchitis, bronchiolitis or another type of respiratory infection. Then a decision can be made about possible needed treatment.

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