What is bronchitis?

Bronchitis is a respiratory disease in which the mucus membrane in the lungs bronchial passages become inflamed.  These tubes carry air to and from your lungs.  Lung infections are usually caused by viruses, and the leading cause for acute bronchitis.  The most obvious side effect of bronchitis is the persistent cough that a person has.

Acute bronchitis

Acute bronchitis is a shorter illness that commonly follows a cold or viral infection, such as the flu. It consists of a cough with mucus, chest discomfort or soreness, fever and sometimes shortness of breath. Acute bronchitis usually lasts a few days or weeks.

Chronic bronchitis

Chronic bronchitis is a serious, ongoing illness characterized by a persistent, mucus-producing cough that lasts longer than three months. People with chronic bronchitis have varying degrees of breathing difficulties and symptoms may get better and worse during different parts of the year.  

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