Chronic Bronchitis Symptoms
Chronic bronchitis has many of the same symptoms as acute bronchitis. The main difference between the two conditions is that while acute bronchitis resolves relatively quickly, chronic bronchitis lasts for at least three months at a time, with at least one episode occurring each year for at least two consecutive years.
The symptoms generally associated with chronic bronchitis include:
- Coughing — One of the hallmark symptoms of chronic bronchitis is a painful cough that produces mucus. When the trachea and bronchi become irritated or infected, the lungs’ linings also become inflamed and begin leaking fluids. When this happens, the body coughs as a natural reflex to help clear the airways. Coughing may worsen in cold weather or in the morning. Persistent coughing may result in chest pain and even cause fainting or a fractured rib.
- Increased mucus production — As irritation and infection within the trachea and bronchi cause the lungs’ linings to start leaking fluids, the production of mucus increases. This mucus may be clear, white, yellow or green, and in rare cases, may contain streaks of blood.
- Breathing difficulties/shortness of breath — Unlike acute bronchitis, which typically resolves after a few days or weeks, chronic bronchitis can last for several months or even years. The continued accumulation of mucus during this time can obstruct the airways, making it difficult to breathe. Chronic bronchitis may also cause wheezing and chest tightness.
- Fever, chills, fatigue and weakness — Because bronchitis often accompanies bacterial and viral infections, it may be associated with fever, chills or excessive fatigue/weakness.
Additional symptoms may include headaches, nasal congestion, sore throat, bad breath, muscle and joint pain, weight loss, swollen legs or ankles, cyanosis (blue or gray coloring in the lips and fingernails) and increased susceptibility to respiratory infections.
The above symptoms can develop gradually or rapidly. Although chronic bronchitis symptoms typically persist for months or years at a time, they may worsen at certain points, generally as a result of an acute infection or exposure to an environmental irritant.
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