If you are suffering with a chest infection you may be diagnosed with a condition known as bronchitis. Simply confirmed as an infection of the main airways of the lungs causing them to become irritated and inflamed.
Bronchitis is either classed as acute or chronic:
- acute bronchitis– temporary inflammation of the airways, causing a cough and mucus production, lasting up to three weeks; acute bronchitis can affect people of all ages but mostly affects children under the age of five; it’s more common in winter and often develops following a common cold, sore throat or
- chronic bronchitis– a daily productive cough that lasts for three months of the year and for at least two years in a row; chronic bronchitis is one of a number of lung conditions, including emphysema, that are collectively known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); it mostly affects adults over 40.
Symptoms of Bronchitis
The main symptom of acute bronchitis is a hacking cough which may bring up phlegm of either a clear, yellow grey or greenish mucus. Other symptoms that people with bronchitis may experience are similar to either a cold or sinusitis.
Symptoms of bronchitis may include:
- Sore throat
- Runny or blocked nose
- Aches and pains
Cigarette smoke and the chemicals in cigarettes make bronchitis worse and increase your risk of developing chronic bronchitis and COPD.
People who develop acute bronchitis may have a cough that lasts for several weeks, this continual coughing may result in both sore muscles in the chest and stomach.
Some people may experience a shortness of breath or wheezing due to inflammation of the airways. This is more common for people who have chronic bronchitis.
The above information has been sourced from: https://www.axappphealthcare.co.uk/health-information/