Bronchitis (chest cold)

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About Bronchitis
Bronchitis is the clinical designation of illness due to airways in the lungs swell and produce mucus, which causes coughing. The most common type of bronchitis is the chest cold, which typically occurs after an upper respiratory viral infection like a cold. The most common viruses responsible for chest colds include respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), adenovirus, influenza, and parainfluenza.

Symptoms
• coughs that produce mucus
• soreness in the chest
• fatigue
• mild headache
• mild body aches
• fever (typically under 101 degrees)
• watery eyes
• sore throat

Most symptoms last up to 2 weeks but coughing can last up to 8 weeks in some individuals.

Treatment
Bronchitis is typically treated with rest and fluids although a WellNow visit may help you manage symptoms and address any complicating factors. Concerning symptoms include temperatures higher than 100.4 degrees, a fever or cough with thick or bloody mucus, shortness of breath or trouble breathing, symptoms lasting longer than 3 weeks, and repeated episodes of bronchitis. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, it is important to be seen by a medical professional.

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