What are the types of bronchitis?
There are two types of bronchitis:
- Acute Bronchitis
It is the most common condition in which the lungs become inflamed. The symptoms last for a few weeks, but it normally doesn’t create any problems after that.
- Chronic Bronchitis
It is a severe form of bronchitis that has been present for a long time. It continues reappearing or refuses to vanish.
What are the general symptoms that one can bear in bronchitis?
Symptoms of bronchitis include breathing problems, such as:
- Chest congestion, when your chest feels full or clogged
- A cough that may bring up mucus that’s clear, white, yellow, or green
- Shortness of breath
- Wheezing or a whistling sound when you breathe
- Body aches and chills
- Feeling “wiped out”
- Low fever
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
What are bronchitis risk factors?
You’re more likely to have either type of bronchitis if:
- You’re a smoker.
- You suffer from allergies and asthma.
- Your immune system is weakened. This is true for both elderly adults and those with chronic illnesses, as well as babies and small children. It’s even more likely if you have a cold because your body is already fighting germs.
You’re more likely to develop chronic bronchitis if you:
- You’re a woman who smokes. You could be at a higher risk than a male smoker.
- You have a history of lung disease in your family.