What are the symptoms of bronchitis?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

The main symptom of both acute and chronic bronchitis is a cough that usually produces mucus or phlegm from the bronchial tubes, which are the airways that connect your windpipe (trachea) and your lungs. Chest pain, wheezing, shortness of breath, fatigue and a fever are also common symptoms of acute bronchitis. Though most of these symptoms rarely last longer than 10 days, the cough may linger for up to several weeks. Acute bronchitis is often preceded by a cold or the flu. In the case of chronic bronchitis, which is more serious, the cough, wheezing and chest discomfort last a long time (at least three months a year and two years in a row) and the cough, often called "smoker's cough," can produce a lot of mucus.

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