Symptoms of Bronchitis

November 12, 2012

Symptoms of Bronchitis

There are many symptoms associated with Bronchitis and it is helpful to be aware of them so that you can seek the appropriate medical treatment. The most common symptoms of bronchitis include a hacking cough, soreness or tightness in the chest and phlegm. The phlegm varies in colour but is usually yellow, white or green and in most cases it will appear 24 to 48 hours after the cough first appeared. Further symptoms of Bronchitis can include a fever, chills and a shortness of breath. Also a pain right below the breastbone when taking a deep breath is another fairly common symptom. Symptoms associated with chronic bronchitis are a persistent cough as well as yellow, white or green phlegm that last for three months of the year or longer and which occur at least two years in a row. Wheezing and shortness of breath are also symptoms of chronic bronchitis. There are cases when bronchitis can bad enough to require medical attention and during these times a doctor should be contacted. If you have a persistent cough, which begins to interfere with sleep or your daily routine and especially if it leads to chest pains, contact your doctor. These symptoms of bronchitis could lead to something more serious such as damage to the air sacks in your lungs. You should also see a doctor if your symptoms of bronchitis last for longer than a week or if the mucus you are coughing up becomes darker thicker or contains blood. If you are having trouble breathing it also advisable to see a doctor as this an often be mistaken for one of the symptoms of bronchitis when it could in fact be a more serious respiratory condition such as asthma, emphysema, tuberculosis, an allergic reaction or even cancer.

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