Differences Between Acute Bronchitis and Pneumonia
Acute bronchitis and
pneumonia share many of the same symptoms, and some
people with acute bronchitis are at risk for getting pneumonia. Although
acute bronchitis usually goes away within a few weeks, pneumonia can be a
serious condition, especially in older adults.
The following table
outlines some differences between acute bronchitis and pneumonia. There are
variations in symptoms of both conditions, so if you think you might have
pneumonia, always check with your doctor.
Symptoms of acute bronchitis and pneumonia
Dry cough at first (does not produce
After a few days, cough may bring up mucus from the lungs.
The mucus may be clear, yellow, or green, and may be tinged with blood.