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Acute bronchitis is a type of lower respiratory tract infection that is caused by a virus or bacteria. It is characterized by inflammation of the bronchial tubes, which are the airways that carry air to and from the lungs. Symptoms of acute bronchitis include a cough that produces mucus, chest pain, shortness of breath, and a low-grade fever. Treatment typically involves rest, fluids, and over-the-counter medications to relieve symptoms. In some cases, antibiotics may be prescribed if the infection is caused by bacteria.
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