Bronchitis is a fairly common condition that can be particularly unpleasant. It involves the inflammation of your airways between the lungs and your trachea. There are two kinds of bronchitis – chronic and acute. The acute version of bronchitis is a single event that will go away over time, whereas chronic bronchitis will reoccur quite frequently and serious impact a person’s life.
There are lots of symptoms of this condition, affecting much more than just the windpipe. It results in excessive mucus production that can occur as much as three weeks every year for at least two years.
Not sure if you have bronchitis, or just want to learn more about what defines it? Take a look at these 11 common symptoms and signs of bronchitis. If you experience any of these symptoms, simply head down to your doctor and ask for advice. There are lots of treatment options available, regardless of whether you suffer from chronic or acute bronchitis.
1. Yellow/gray/green mucus
Mucus, or sputum, is produced in excess when you have bronchitis. You will regularly experience a mucus cough, where mucus comes up from the respiratory tract and into your mouth. When you spit it out, it will have an odd color, ranging from anything between white to yellow, gray and green.
The production of mucus is a natural response. The body produces it to engulf microbes and stop them from reproducing and causing further problems in the body.
In some instances, you might find some traces of blood, but this is rare outside of chronic bronchitis.