Understanding Bronchitis -- Symptoms

What Are the Symptoms of Bronchitis?

The symptoms for acute bronchitis are:

  • Hacking cough.
  • Yellow, white, or green phlegm, usually appearing 24 to 48 hours after a cough.
  • Fever, chills.
  • Soreness and tightness in chest.
  • Some pain below breastbone during deep breathing
  • Some shortness of breath

The symptoms for chronic bronchitis are:

  • Persistent cough producing yellow, white, or green phlegm (for at least three months of the year, and for more than two consecutive years).
  • Sometimes wheezing, sometimes breathlessness.

Call Your Doctor About Bronchitis If:

  • Your cough is so persistent or severe that it interferes with sleep or daily activities or leads to persistent chest pain; you could be damaging sensitive air sacs in your lungs.
  • Your symptoms last more than a week, and your mucus becomes darker and thicker, increases in volume, or turns bloody.
  • You display symptoms of acute bronchitis and have chronic lung or heart problems, or are infected with the virus that causes AIDS; respiratory infections can leave you vulnerable to more serious lung diseases, such as pneumonia.
  • You have great difficulty breathing. This symptom, sometimes mistakenly associated with bronchitis, could signal asthma, emphysema, tuberculosis, heart disease, a serious allergic reaction, or cancer.