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12 Common Signs & Symptoms of Bronchitis

Bronchitis is a condition that you develop when your bronchial tubes become inflamed. When the tubes will swell, it will accumulate mucus and will affect your breathing ability. You can have either chronic or acute bronchitis. The symptoms of both these types are more or less the same. However, you will have more intense symptoms for a long while suffering from chronic bronchitis.

The common symptom of bronchitis is a dry cough. In addition, you can experience shortness of breath and a low-grade fever. Acute bronchitis is less harmful and can be cured within a week or two. However, you might need medical intervention for chronic bronchitis to avoid further deterioration of your bronchial system. Here are 10 bronchitis symptoms that you might experience with both acute and chronic bronchitis.


A dry cough is one of the first bronchitis symptoms that will experience with this infection [1]. A dry cough is common during the flu, cold, or bronchitis infection. A cough will start within a couple of days of infection and it might last for two weeks or above. When you have chronic bronchitis, the cough will last for three months and it will keep occurring for at least two consecutive years. When other symptoms will start improving within one or two weeks, the cough will last for two to several weeks in both these conditions. If a cough is persistent and severe, you can visit a doctor to have some medicine to improve your condition.