Bronchitis signs and symptoms

Bronchitis signs and symptoms

Signs and symptoms you may experience when suffering from bronchitis include:

  • Trouble breathing: Numerous breathing problems can occur as a result of congestion in the chest (where the chest feels clogged up or heavy), a persistent cough with white, yellowish or greenish mucus, shortness of breath, or a wheezing sound when taking a breath.
  • Body aches associated with general cold and flu symptoms.
  • Fever
  • Feeling fatigued
  • A runny or congested nose
  • Sore throat
  • A cough can persist even after other flu-like symptoms begin to clear up. A cough can last for several more weeks while the bronchial tubes heal and the swelling subsides. 

It is a good idea to seek assistance from your doctor should the cough persist for longer as this could potentially be as a result of something else not functioning as it should in the body.

Bronchitis risk factors

You may be more easily susceptible to bronchitis if:

  • You have a weak immune system. Babies and young children, as well as older adults and those who experience other ongoing diseases or conditions are more prone to developing bronchitis.
  • You already have a cold or the flu.
  • You smoke or live with a smoker.
  • You experience frequent heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which can cause stomach acid to leak back up into the bronchial tubes.
  • You work with certain substances on the job such as chemical fumes or dust that can trouble your lungs.

How is bronchitis spread?

As acute bronchitis is a viral health problem, it can develop in the same way as a cold or flu virus. Once a virus is airborne or is present on surfaces it is easy to contract. A virus is easily spread by breathing it in if in close range to a person who is ill and contagious, or passing it from your hands to your mouth, nose or eyes.

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