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Symptoms and Signs of Bronchitis (Chronic)

Doctor's Notes on Bronchitis (Chronic)

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the airways in the lungs. Bronchitis is considered chronic when a cough with mucus persists for most days of the month, for at least three months, and at least two years in a row. This differs from acute bronchitis, which occurs when the inflammation of the airways develops quickly and goes away within two to three weeks.

The most common symptom of chronic bronchitis is cough. The cough may be dry or it may produce phlegm. 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. Coughing from chronic bronchitis may be painful, the chest and abdominal muscles may become sore. In severe cases, the force of the coughing may injure the chest wall, break ribs, or even result in fainting or vomiting. Other symptoms of chronic bronchitis include wheezing and shortness of breath.

Medical Author: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Medically Reviewed on 3/11/2019

REFERENCE:

Kasper, D.L., et al., eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th Ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Education, 2015.

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