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Bronchitis (cont.)

Chronic Bronchitis Symptoms

  • Cough is the most common symptom of chronic bronchitis. The cough may be dry or it may produce phlegm. Significant phlegm production suggests that the lower respiratory tract and the lung itself may be infected, symptoms which may also be concerning for pneumonia.
  • The cough in chronic bronchitis persists for most days of the month, for at least three months, and at least two years in a row.
  • Continued forceful coughing from chronic bronchitis may be painful, and can make your chest and abdominal muscles sore. Coughing can be severe enough at times to injure the chest wall, break ribs or even cause a person to pass out (faint).
  • During exacerbations of chronic bronchitis, wheezing may occur because of the muscular tightness and inflammation of the airways. This may leave the affected individual short of breath.
  • Asthmatic bronchitis symptoms include a combination of wheezing and shortness of breath, in addition to the other symptoms of chronic bronchitis.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/15/2014
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