There are two kinds of bronchitis: acute and chronic. While the causes of both are different, the symptoms for both are similar: a cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, chest discomfort, and production of mucus. Acute bronchitis is caused by the viruses that cause colds and flu. Though bacteria may also cause acute bronchitis, antibiotics should never be prescribed; acute bronchitis usually lasts for a week to ten days and clears up on its own.
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