What were the symptoms of your chronic bronchitis?
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What are the symptoms of chronic bronchitis?
The major symptoms of chronic bronchitis are as follows:
Cough and sputum production are the most common symptoms; they usually last
for at least 3 months and occur daily. The intensity of coughing and the
amount and frequency of sputum production vary from patient to patient. Sputum
may be clear, yellowish, greenish, or occasionally, blood-tinged. Since cigarette smoke is the most common cause for chronic
bronchitis, it should not be surprising that the most common presentation is so called smoker's cough. This is characterized by a cough that tends to be worse upon arising and is often productive of discolored mucus in the early part of the day. As the day progresses, less mucus is produced.
Dyspnea (shortness of breath) gradually increases with the severity of the
disease. Usually, people with chronic bronchitis get short of breath with
activity and begin coughing; dyspnea at rest usually signals that COPD or
emphysema has developed.
Wheezing (a coarse whistling sound produced when airways are partially
obstructed) often occurs.
In addition, symptoms of fatigue, sore throat, muscle aches, nasal
congestion, and headaches can accompany the major symptoms. Severe coughing may
cause chest pain;
cyanosis (bluish/grayish skin coloration) may develop in
people with advanced COPD. Fever may indicate a secondary viral
or bacterial lung infection. When symptoms worsen or become more frequent, this is often referred to as an exacerbation of chronic bronchitis. These exacerbations often require antibiotics, and may need steroid medication and an increase in respiratory inhaled medications.