Bronchitis is the inflammation of the mucus membranes. It is of two types. Acute and chronic bronchitis. Symptoms of bronchitis depend on its type.
Acute bronchitis and its symptoms:
Acute bronchitis is the more common type. Its symptoms last for few week but do not cause permanent damages to the bronchi and bronchiole.
Acute bronchitis Symptoms:
Acute bronchitis often starts with cold symptoms. Nose become runny. Throat becomes sore and one feel run down. A cough that lasts up to 5 or more days is also among the signs of acute bronchitis.
Other symptoms includes:
- Green or white phlegm
- You may have a low fever at times.
- Feeling of Tenderness while coughing.
- Wheezing or whistling sound while breathing. It is a common symptom of all respiratory disorders.
- Feeling of tiresome.
Chronic bronchitis and its symptoms:
Chronic bronchitis does not go away. It comes again and again. It is less common but more serious type of bronchitis. Its symptoms develop late after damaging bronchioles. It lasts up to two years or sometimes, even more, this.
Chronic bronchitis Symptoms:
If one has bronchitis symptoms that last more than 3 months, he/she might have chronic bronchitis. Some symptoms of this type are:
- A cough that last longer. It is often with phlegm.
- Wheezing sound during breathing
- Chest tightness.
Note: Smoking is likely to cause chronic bronchitis.
Symptoms of bronchitis in children:
Exposure to the smoke and polluted air can lead to acute bronchitis in children. The risk is even more if they are allergic. Premature babies are also at higher risk of bronchitis.
How to take care of child having acute bronchitis symptoms?
- Let your child rest more. It will help his body get better.
- Clear mucus from the baby nose.
- Give child liquid directed by a doctor.
- Use cool mist humidifier. It will make the child breathe easily.
- You should not smoke, so that child may not get expose to smoke.
Bronchitis symptoms, when to call a doctor:
You should call the doctor if you have symptoms of bronchitis. Also, you should call the doctor if:
- If your cough is getting more severe.
- If you can’t sleep or work due to your stubborn cough.
- A cough has blood or mucus.
- When mucus becomes thicker and darker.
- If it is accompanied by fever.
Note: Pneumonia may also lead to bronchitis symptoms.
How to prevent from bronchitis?
Prevent bronchitis by following some of the preventive measures.
- Avoid smoking. Also, you should not allow someone to smoke in front of you or at your home.
- You should wash your hand often.
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Take your medicine according to the advice of the doctor.
- Do not share cups, glasses and other utensils.
- Stay away from the things that you are allergic from.
Types acute, chronic both and symptoms of bronchitis can be prevented by the above steps.
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