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Bronchitis Symptoms to Watch Out For

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  • If you suspect that you have chronic bronchitis, expect some of the symptoms to worsen at least two or more times per year, especially during the winter months
  • Spirometer measures the quantity of air that your lungs can hold and how quickly you can expel the air out of it and will also look for any indications of asthma or emphysema, a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Being vigilant about the different early symptoms of bronchitis in adults can help in quick diagnosis, treatment and healing of this disease. But how exactly will you know if you have bronchitis or if it's some other form of respiratory ailment? Below are some of the warning signs that you or someone you know may have either acute or chronic bronchitis. If you're experiencing these symptoms, have yourself checked by a physician immediately:1,2

Acute BronchitisChronic Bronchitis
Cough that produces yellow or green mucusChronic cough that produces mucus that may or may not have streaks of blood
Burning sensation in the chestWheezing
Sore throatHeadaches
FeverShortness of breath
FatigueBlue-tinged lips
General ill feeling, or malaiseAnkle, feet and leg swelling
Poor sleep
Chills (although these are uncommon)

If you suspect that you have chronic bronchitis, expect some of the symptoms to worsen at two or more times per year, especially during the winter months.3

To prevent these symptoms from further affecting you, consult a physician immediately. Typically, they will ask questions about how you're feeling and what makes you feel worse, especially when it comes to some of your symptoms, like your cough. Your physician will also ask you questions on the following topics:4

How Your Physician Could Diagnose Bronchitis

Your physician will use a stethoscope to listen for abnormal sounds in your lungs or check for wheezing (a whistling or squeaky sound when you breathe).5,6 Further tests such as the following may be recommended as well:7,8


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Sources and References

  • 1 Ehrlich, “Bronchitis,” University of Maryland Medical Center, December 19, 2015
  • 2 “Bronchitis,” Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library
  • 3, 4, 6 McIntosh and Webberley, “Bronchitis: Symptoms and Diagnosis,” Medical News Today, January 9, 2016
  • 5, 10 “How Is Bronchitis Diagnosed?” National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, August 4, 2011
  • 7 “Chronic Bronchitis Diagnosis,” University of California San Francisco Medical Center
  • 8 Mayo Clinic Staff, “Bronchitis Tests and Diagnosis,” Mayo Clinic, April 1, 2014
  • 9 Hadjiliadis, Zieve, Ogilvie et al., “Bronchitis — Acute,”, MedlinePlus, April 26, 2014
  • 11 “Emphysema” MedlinePlus
  • 12 Madell and Sullivan, “Understanding Chronic Bronchitis,” Healthline, January 29, 2016
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