Bronchitis - Length Symptoms Lasted

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What are the symptoms of acute bronchitis?

Inflammation of the bronchial tubes narrows the inside opening of the bronchial tubes. Narrowing of the bronchial tubes result in increased resistance, this increase makes it more difficult for air to move to and from the lungs. This can cause wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath. The cough may consist of sputum due to the secretions from the inflamed cells that line the bronchi. By coughing, the body attempts to expel secretions that clog the bronchial tubes. If these secretions contain certain inflammatory cells, discoloration of the mucus may result often in a green or yellow color. Sometimes the severity of the inflammation may result in some bleeding.

As with any other infection, there may be associated fever, chills, aches, soreness and the general sensation of feeling poorly or malaise.

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Comment from: Pheasant, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 10

I have lived with bronchitis since I picked up an infection as a bed patient in hospital; from a visitor visiting the patient in the next bed to me. This visitor had a sneezing fit and as a result I became exposed to the virus. On 22nd December 2010 my life changed dramatically and it's only now I'm beginning to feel some relief. To help me try and make sense from it all, I had to cope with prescribed medication which only made my condition worse. I, immediately stopped smoking and have not smoked any form of cigarettes since. The mucus up until now has always been icy-cold and clear. I now use my right-hand as a puffer by turning my hand into a fist; which I've been using over 3 years now too allow my lungs to heal and get stronger. Once mucus reaches my mouth I make a point of ensuring I have a bowl at hand to spit it out as, to swallow would only enhance the already weak lungs.

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Comment from: Tired, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 29

I first came down with bronchitis over three weeks ago. I have had a Z-Pak and two prescribed cough medicines (they didn't help). An inhaler is the only thing that has helped. I'm still coughing especially when I lay down, laugh, yawn, etc. When I first came down with it I had to sleep sitting up and would wake up coughing 6 to 7 times each night. I have no energy to speak of which is not me. I usually am a very healthy person. This has really been the sickest I've ever been. Hopefully I will keep getting better and get my normal voice back soon.

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