How is bronchitis diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will do a physical examination and take a medical history. They may ask if you have had a cold recently, how long your cough has lasted, and if you produce mucus when you cough. In addition, they may order a chest X-ray, tests for viruses in your upper respiratory secretions or blood tests.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 08/12/2019.

References

  • National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Bronchitis. Accessed 8/13/2019.
  • American Lung Association. Chronic Bronchitis. Accessed 8/13/2019.
  • American Lung Association. Acute Bronchitis. Accessed 4/15/2020.
  • Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Bronchitis. Accessed 8/13/2019.
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