Bronchitis is a condition that causes inflammation of the bronchial tubes that carry air from your mouth and nose to your lungs. Inflammation can make it more difficult for air to pass, leading to shortness of breath, pain in your chest, and coughing with lots of mucus. Bronchitis often feels like a severe cold and is characterized by a heavy cough. Left untreated, bronchitis can lead to a buildup of fluid and mucus in the lungs. This can result in pneumonia and other serious complications. People with the condition may try both at-home and doctor-guided treatments for bronchitis.
Symptoms of bronchitis include wheezing, a tight feeling in your chest, and shortness of breath. Often, bronchitis occurs after a nasty cold, with a phlegmy, hacking cough. You may experience a sore throat, fever, and body aches, similar to cold and flu symptoms. Some people also experience vomiting or diarrhea as a result of the excess mucus draining into their stomach or passing through their gut. The mucus produced from your cough can indicate the secondary illness that may be causing your bronchitis. Clear mucus, or a slimy film, means the liquid is coming out of the lungs. Mucus that is yellow or green indicates a bacterial infection.
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