What is Bronchitis?
Bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining of your bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from your lungs. People who have bronchitis often cough up thickened mucus, which can be discolored. The disorder affects about 5% of the population annually. Bronchitis may be either acute or chronic.
Often developing from a cold or other respiratory infection, acute bronchitis is very common. Chronic bronchitis, a more serious condition, is a constant irritation or inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes, often due to smoking.
Acute bronchitis, also called a chest cold, usually improves within a week to 10 days without lasting effects, although the cough may linger for weeks.
However, if you have repeated bouts of bronchitis, you may have chronic bronchitis, which requires medical attention. Chronic bronchitis is one of the conditions included in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Bronchitis Has Several Symptoms
For either acute bronchitis or chronic bronchitis, symptoms may include coughing, production of mucus which may be clear or colored, fatigue, shortness of breath, slight fever or chills, and chest discomfort.
When You Should Seek Medical Attention
See your doctor or urgent care provider if your cough lasts longer than three weeks, prevents you from sleeping, is accompanied by fever higher than 100.4, produces discolored mucus or blood, and is associated with wheezing or shortness of breath. Treatment options will be based on whether the doctor believes the underlying cause is viral or bacterial.
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