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Causes, Symptoms and Treatment of Bronchitis

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Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchi (large airways) in the lungs, occurring when an infection causes the thin mucous membrane linings of these airways to become irritated and inflamed.

The result is the production of mucus in the lungs and a persistent cough that may last several days or weeks.

Bronchitis also may cause wheezing a whistling or squeaky sound when you breathe, chest pain or discomfort, a low fever, and shortness of breath.

The Two Types of Bronchitis

Chronic bronchitis: This is not necessarily caused by infection and is most often part of more serious lung conditions. The most common chronic bronchitis symptoms are characterized by a persistent cough that produces phlegm for at least three months a year for two consecutive years.  Breathing in air pollution and dust or fumes from the environment or the workplace also can lead to chronic bronchitis.

Acute bronchitis is recognized as a cough and the production of phlegm which may be accompanied by symptoms such as shortness of breath and wheezing, as well as a mild fever in some cases. Acute bronchitis commonly occurs after an upper respiratory infection such as a cold, influenza, or a sinus infection. For this reason, you may also experience other symptoms such as muscle aches, nasal congestion, and a sore throat in addition to bronchitis symptoms.  Being exposed to a high level of dust or fumes, such as from an explosion or a big fire, also may lead to acute bronchitis.

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