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How is bronchiolitis diagnosed?

Bronchiolitis is usually diagnosed solely on the history and physical examination of the child. Many tests may be ordered to rule out other diseases, such as pneumonia or asthma. Usually, the illness starts with 1 to 2 days of nasal congestion. Then breathing gradually becomes more difficult. The child may start to breathe more rapidly and may exhale more forcefully. The healthcare provider will listen for wheezing and look for trouble breathing or rapid breathing. X-rays of the chest may be taken as well.

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What is bronchiolitis? - Bronchiolitis is an infection of the lower respiratory tract that usually affects infants. Bronchiolitis begins as a mild upper respiratory infection.
What causes bronchiolitis? - The most common cause of bronchiolitis is a virus. The virus is transmitted from person-to-person by direct contact with nasal secretions or by airborne droplets.
What're the symptoms of bronchiolitis? - The symptoms of bronchiolitis include wheezing, caused by the narrowing of the bronchioles. In most infants, the symptoms are mild.
How is bronchiolitis diagnosed? - Bronchiolitis is diagnosed solely on the history and physical examination of the child. Many tests may be ordered to rule out other diseases.
What's the treatment for bronchiolitis? - Most cases of bronchiolitis can be treated at home with self-care steps. Supportive therapy may include oxygen, humidified air, chest clapping.
How to prevent bronchiolitis? - Most cases of bronchiolitis are not readily preventable because the viruses that cause the disorder are common in the environment.
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