Bronchitis Symptoms

Bronchitis is when your bronchial tubes, which carry air to your lungs, get infected and swollen. There are two kinds:

  • Acute bronchitis. This lasts a few weeks and usually goes away on its own.
  • Chronic bronchitis. It’s more serious, and you’re more likely to get it if you smoke. In this article, we’re looking at acute bronchitis

Symptoms of Acute Bronchitis

You may have various problems with breathing, such as:

  • Chest congestion, where your chest feels full or clogged
  • Coughing -- you may cough up a lot of mucus that’s clear, white, yellow, or green
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing or a whistling sound when you breathe

You may also have some of the typical cold or flu symptoms, such as:

Even after the other symptoms are gone, the cough can last for a few weeks as your bronchial tubes heal and the swelling goes down.

When to Call Your Doctor for Bronchitis

See your doctor if your cough:

  • Lasts more than three weeks
  • Prevents you from sleeping
  • Is accompanied by fever higher than 100.4 F (38 C)
  • Produces discolored mucus
  • Produces blood
  • Is associated with wheezing or shortness of breath

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