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Bronchitis develops when the bronchial tubes, which are in charge of carrying air to the lungs, become infected and swollen. There are two types of bronchitis: Acute (the more common type, where symptoms last for a few weeks and then diminish) and chronic (when bronchitis never goes away or keeps coming back).
Recognizing the symptoms and signs of bronchitis is important, as is knowing when to call a doctor.
In some cases, it can be hard to tell the difference between a case of bronchitis and other conditions that may affect breathing and the lungs. Bronchitis often begins with symptoms similar to that of a cold: a runny nose, a sore throat and a feeling of being run down. Other symptoms may include:
Symptoms that last longer than three months may indicate a chronic case of bronchitis. Signs here can include:
High Risk Factors
There are a few factors that may increase your risk of bronchitis:
When to See a Doctor
See your doctor if:
If you think you or your child is showing signs of acute or chronic bronchitis, your doctor can offer diagnosis and treatment options.
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“What Are the Symptoms of Bronchitis?” WebMD. https://www.webmd.com/lung/understanding-bronchitis-symptoms
“Bronchitis.” The Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bronchitis/symptoms-causes/dxc-20315101
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This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.