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Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tube lining, which transports air to and from the lungs. Bronchitis causes thickened mucus to be coughed up, which might be colored. The symptoms of bronchitis may be from minor to chronic depending on the person suffering from it.

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.