How To Tell If You Have Bronchitis Of Pneumonia

How To Tell If You Have Bronchitis Of Pneumonia

Richard Sheldon (Medical Advisor to the CA State Respiratory Care Board) gives expert video advice on: How can I tell if I have bronchitis or pneumonia?

How can I tell if I have bronchitis or pneumonia?

The physician will usually be able to tell you based on listening with a stethoscope, or the history, or having known you as a patient, whether you've moved from a bronchitis to a pneumonia. The symptoms, with pneumonia, can be a little more exaggerated than with bronchitis. But the most important way to tell is with the chest x-ray, and I have taught for years students by telling them that the listening to the chest with a stethoscope is probably something you should do while waiting for the x-ray to dry because the x-ray is a much more positive way, a much more accurate way, to diagnose pneumonia than is the stethoscope. With a stethoscope you'll hear crackles, not wheezes. You may hear a few wheezes, but that wheezing and those crackles can be caused by other things other than pneumonia.