Chronic Bronchitis

Symptoms of Chronic Bronchitis

The main symptom of Chronic Bronchitis is a deep cough that will not go away. This cough is often accompanied by mucus or phlegm. Sometimes this cough leads to shortness of breath and /or wheezing.

Definition of Chronic Bronchitis

Chronic Bronchitis is an inflammation of the airways or bronchial tubes, making the amount of air to reach your lungs decreased, and leads to a heavy cough with mucus. Don’t be confused by Acute Bronchitis and Chronic Bronchitis. Acute Bronchitis is common and occurs in patients with bad colds or the flu. This usually will go away in such patients in a couple of weeks, while Chronic Bronchitis does not go away.

The most common cause of Chronic Bronchitis is a history of smoking or exposure to toxic chemicals or air pollution. Usually, the cough associated with Chronic Bronchitis is worse in cold weather. Often, Chronic Bronchitis goes undiagnosed as it is mistaken to be a “Smokers Cough”.

If left untreated, Chronic Bronchitis can develop into Emphysema which is much more difficult to treat and leads to lung damage.

It is highly recommended to get checked for the disease if you experience any symptoms or have a cough that will not go away.

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