Feeling Lousy? How to Tell If It’s Bronchitis or Pneumonia

Understand the different symptoms and causes of these respiratory infections

At the end of a really bad cold, you’re ready to get on with your life. But something else is brewing.

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After an upper airway infection, your lower airways are more vulnerable. Viruses or bacteria may overwhelm your immune defenses. That’s when bronchitis or pneumonia can strike.

Pulmonologist Leslie Tolle, MD, outlines the difference between pneumonia and bronchitis below.

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