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How can I know if my bronchitis is viral or bacterial? Is it possible to cough up yellow/orangeish phlegm with viral bronchitis?
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Yes a viral bronchitis can produce yellow/orange phlegm

Usually a bacterial bronchitis will come with a fever and some fatigue

But a viral bronchitis rarely goes on for more than a week

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I’ve been feeling very fatigued and also have a lot of congestion and pressure in my head. I’m on day 4 and it started with just a tickle in my throat. I’ve also had a low grade fever on and off (never goes above 100.5). I’m not coughing a ton but when I do, I can feel phlegm sort of breaking up, and sometimes I cough it up. Should I go to urgent care so they can run a test to see if it’s bacterial or should I wait a few more days to see if it gets worse?

No problem with your going to Urgent Care but at this point if I were your doctor I'd say just let it ride out for a few more days

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