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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Bronchitis vs bad cough from a cold
I have had bronchtis 4 times last year. When I get a cold I also always get a bad cough. With having bronchitis so often last year I am concerned. Is there any way that I can tell the difference myself between the two?
The average person gets 3-4 colds every year so 4 is normal. Some people often get bronchitis following a cold such as persons with COPD (from smoking) or persons with a lung condition called bronchiectasis. Many people with asthma can have a prolonged cough after having a cold so it is important to determine if there could be asthma present to account for a lingering cough.
James N Allen, Jr, MD
Clinical Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University