Chronic Bronchitis

chronic bronchitisChronic Bronchitis

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining of your bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from your lungs. People with bronchitis often cough up thick mucus, which can appear to be discolored. Bronchitis may be either acute or chronic. 
Often developing from a cold or other respiratory infection, acute bronchitis is very common. Chronic bronchitis, a more serious condition, is a constant irritation or inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes, often due to smoking. 
Acute bronchitis typically improves within a few days without lasting effects, although you may continue to cough for weeks. If, however, you have repeated bouts of bronchitis, you may have chronic bronchitis, which requires medical attention. Chronic bronchitis is one of the conditions included in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

For either acute bronchitis or chronic bronchitis, signs and symptoms may include:


-Production of mucus (sputum), which can be clear, white, yellowish-gray or green in color — 
rarely, it may be streaked with blood


-Shortness of breath

-Slight fever and chills

-Chest discomfort 
If you have acute bronchitis, you may have a nagging cough that lingers for several weeks after the inflammation resolves. Chronic bronchitis is defined as a productive cough that lasts at least three months, with recurring bouts occurring for at least two consecutive years. 
If you have chronic bronchitis, you’re likely to have periods when your signs and symptoms worsen. At those times, you may have acute bronchitis on top of your chronic bronchitis. See your doctor if your cough:

-Lasts more than three weeks

-Prevents you from or inhibits your ability to sleep

-Is accompanied by fever higher than 100.4 F (38 C)

-Produces discolored mucus

-Produces blood

-Is associated with wheezing or shortness of breath