Acute bronchitis is an infection of the main airways of the lungs (bronchial tubes), causing them to become inflamed and irritated. The condition occurs usually due to a viral infection of the chest involving a cold and can have numerous types of viruses as a trigger. It generally heals within 8 or 10 days without complication.
Acute bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchi. 90% of all acute bronchitis cases are an inflammation of the trachea or the bronchi due to a virus. Less than 10% of all bronchitis cases are bacterial. Still, a viral infection can allow a bacterial infection to set in, in which case it is referred to as a superinfection.
Acute bronchitis is transmitted via moisture droplets in the air. It usually begins with sniffling and dry, coughs. Burning or cramping pains sometimes develop in the trachea. Hoarseness may be present. After several days, the dry cough turns into a productive cough with white or yellowish sputum. If the color of the sputum turns green, that’s a sign of a superinfection. In addition to the symptoms described above, patients suffer from general symptoms of illness such as fever, muscle and rheumatic pains, headaches, and malaise.
Bronchitis generally heals within 8 or 10 days on its own and without serious consequences. Depending on the symptoms, patients can take alleviate measures (inhalations, sufficient fluids, and fever reducers). If coughing disturbs sleep during the night, patients may use cough medicine for a short while. People with healthy lungs rarely experience any complications. People with asthma, chronic bronchitis, or other chronic illness have a higher risk of developing inflammation in the lungs as a result of acute bronchitis. Acute bronchitis can also arise from a worsening of chronic bronchitis.
Several years of work in academia, medical practice and finally commercialization make it possible to provide an end-to-end process to help users to “find the appropriate medical help based on their present symptoms”. Below you will find a short explanation, showing you which part of the platform will help you best in finding the appropriate medical support.
Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
You can also add symptoms by typing your medical complaint in the search box and selecting the best matching suggestion.
Note: Your information will be kept anonymously.
Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
If you are logged in with your profile, you will be displayed the appropriate doctors in your area. Otherwise you can enter an address in the “address” field and you will be displayed a doctor’s list around that specified address.
You will receive further information about the displayed doctors when you press on “details”.
Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
Click on “Book appointment” to start the online appointment booking process with the desired doctor.
Please select an available appointment. “Green“ appointments are booked directly. “Red“ appointments need to be confirmed by the doctor.
Enter your general personal and health information.
Enter your present medical symptoms.
Enter your mobile phone number to identify yourself and you can finalize the appointment booking.
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