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Signs and Symptoms of Bronchitis

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining of the air passages within the lungs. It occurs when the trachea and the bronchi become inflamed because of infection or irritation. Bronchitis can be acute or chronic. Acute bronchitis develops as a result of an upper respiratory infection, and chronic bronchitis develops as a result of continuous irritation to the airways from environmental pollutants, such as cigarettes and/or air pollution. We have put together a list of common signs and symptoms of bronchitis below.

The Signs and Symptoms of Bronchitis are as follows:

  • A dry cough
  • A cough that produces phlegm which is clear, white, yellowish-gray, or green in color
  • Fatigue
  • A low-grade fever
  • Chills
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain

If the above symptoms develop during the course of an upper respiratory infection, such as the common cold or the flu, the following symptoms are also common:

  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion

Most cases of acute bronchitis are caused by viruses, and 5 -10% are caused by bacterial infections. Acute bronchitis usually resolves on it’s own, with no treatment. Chronic bronchitis is the definition if bronchitis lasts for 3 months or more for at least 2 years. Cigarette smoking is the most common cause of chronic bronchitis, followed by air pollution and exposure to occupational hazards, such as dust or toxic gases.


Diagnosis of Bronchitis

A diagnosis of bronchitis is generally made on the basis of a physical examination and the presenting signs and symptoms. A blood test is usually not necessary. Sometimes a doctor may order a culture of a sample of phlegm to look for the presence of bacteria.


Books For People With Signs and Symptoms of Bronchitis

The Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema Handbook
François Haas
The Ultimate Collection Of Tips To Stop Bronchitis From Getting Worse: Basic Details On Symptoms And Treatment Of Chronic Bronchitis And Acute … Breathe Easily And Have Healthy Lungs Again!
K M S Publishing.com


Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions:Self Management of Heart Disease, Arthritis, Diabetes, Asthma, Bronchitis, Emphysema and others (Third Edition)
Kate Lorig
The Very Best Natural Remedies for Bronchitis
Paul Raven

Bronchitis Resources

General Patient Resources

  • Family Doctor . org

Learn about the symptoms, causes, treatment and prevention of acute bronchitis, a lung infection usually caused by a virus.

  • E Medicine Health

Learn about bronchitis, an inflammation of the air passages within your lungs. Symptoms include coughing and wheezing.

http://www.emedicinehealth.com/bronchitis/article_em.htm

  • Medicine Net . com

Learn about acute bronchitis symptoms such as cough with mucus, fever, chills, body aches, and lack of energy. Causes of acute bronchitis include viruses or bacteria.

http://www.medicinenet.com/bronchitis/article.htm

  • Better Medicine

Information Including Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, Causes, Videos, Forums, and local community support. Find answers to health issues you can trust.

http://www.bettermedicine.com/article/bronchitis

  • E Health Forum

Health information, forum topics, doctor answers, and news about bronchitis.

http://ehealthforum.com/pages/bronchitis

  • Experience Project

I Have Bronchitis Bronchitis anonymous support group with information on diagnosis, treatment, symptoms, along with personal stories and experiences with Bronchitis. You’re not alone.

http://www.experienceproject.com/groups/Have-Bronchitis/97251



Medical Resources

  • Mayo Clinic

Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, causes, treatment of this potentially serious lung infection.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/bronchitis/DS00031

  • Medline Plus

A service of the US National Library of Medicine.

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001087.htm

  • Web MD

If you have a long-term (chronic) respiratory disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), acute bronchitis may be treated differently.

http://www.webmd.com/lung/understanding-bronchitis-basics