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Bronchitis (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care for Chronic Bronchitis

When to call the doctor for chronic bronchitis

Chronic bronchitis can be diagnosed by your doctor. If you have been diagnosed with chronic bronchitis, see doctor if the following symptoms occur:

  • Increased shortness of breath
  • Chest pain with cough
  • Severe coughing that interferes with rest or sleep
  • Wheezing
  • Fever
  • Coughing up blood, rust-colored sputum, or an increased amount of green phlegm

When to go to the hospital for chronic bronchitis

Go to a hospital's emergency department immediately if the following symptoms occur:

  • Severe difficulty breathing with or without wheezing
  • Chest pain
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/15/2014
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