Bronchitis is a disease that occurs quite often, and we do not have to mention that it is, above all, an uncomfortable condition that we have to deal with. What is bronchitis really? We can freely call this the condition where the bronchial tubes are involved.
Namely, when inflammation of the bronchial tubes occurs, then bronchitis occurs. There is a decrease in the amount of oxygen and air coming into the lungs due to the heavy mucus that forms in our airways.
We distinguish between chronic and acute forms. Acute means a shorter period of exposure to the disease, which occurs after a severe cold or even the flu. It usually consists of a strong cough, which causes discomfort, chest pain and shortness of breath. Chronic bronchitis can last for several years, resulting in prolonged cough, which can cause even greater problems.
In terms of symptoms, whether chronic or acute bronchitis, the symptoms are more or less the same. It is primarily a cough accompanied by thick mucus, which can be white, yellow gray or green.
There is a feeling of fatigue, a slight fever and of course chest pain. The pain itself comes from our effort when we try to cough up the mucus that builds up in our lungs. As mentioned earlier, bronchitis generally occurs after a severe cold that we have been exposed to.
According to what we stated earlier, you will know approximately when it comes to acute or chronic form of bronchitis. The question is how to know when to see a doctor. Specifically, your doctor should be consulted in several situations.
When your cough lasts for more than three weeks, when it causes you sleep problems. We must not forget the temperature of about 40 degrees, as well as the difficulty in breathing, which is closely related to the mucus that is accumulating.
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