10 signs and symptoms of bronchitis

bronchitis symptoms

Bronchitis is the inflammation of the airways in the lungs causing overproduction of mucus.

Bronchitis symptoms

The common bronchitis symptoms are;

  • Cough – A cough is one of the common bronchitis symptoms in most patients. The patient will have a nagging persistent cough that could last several weeks. They may cough up mucus that is maybe yellow or green. Coughing up a lot of mucus is usually witnessed.
  • Production of mucus/sputum – A bronchitis victim in most cases can produce yellow-grey mucus(phlegm) or clear, white, green mucus. Mucus is produced excessively in the bronchi due to the inflammation and irritation from the infection.
  • Mild headache – Acute bronchitis in most cases causes mild symptoms like headaches that usually improve in a week’s time.
  • Body aches – Body aches are also mild symptoms of bronchitis. The victim may experience body aches when coughing or the muscles can just ache due to inflammation caused by white blood cells when they fight an infection.
  • Fatigue – Fatigue can also be a symptom of bronchitis. Too much coughing and experiencing a hard cough for long can make the victim be fatigued or tired.
  • Shortness of breath – Shortness of breath is a very common symptom that can be caused by other infections too. Shortness of breath in bronchitis results mostly from the inflammation and build-up of mucus in the bronchioles thus impairing the smooth movement of air.
  • Slight fever and chills – Fever that is caused by bronchitis are usually mild and it can be 100 degrees Fahrenheit to 101 degrees Fahrenheit in most cases. The fever can sometimes rise to 102 degrees Fahrenheit and last for 3 to 5 days.
  • Chest discomfort – Chest pain or chest discomfort is a common bronchitis symptom. The victim can experience chest pain when coughing. This is usually accompanied by high fever and the person feels like the chest is itching. Chest discomfort can also signal a different infection
  • Wheezing sound – Wheezing sound is common in bronchitis especially when the person is breathing out. The patient produces a low pitched sound when breathing out and this can signal the possibility of the thickening of bronchial tubes due to a build-up of mucus.
  • Runny nose – This is also a bronchitis symptom and it is one of the mechanisms of getting rid of the excess mucus produced in the airways. A runny nose can be caused by several other infections that is why appropriate diagnosis is very important in order to know the actual cause.


The above symptoms of bronchitis can in some cases be caused by other infections too.

Always go for diagnosis before you start using any Over The Counter drugs to cure bronchitis as the symptoms might have been caused by a different infection.

How long does it take to get over a cough from bronchitis?

Acute bronchitis cough can last for 2 to 3 weeks in most cases. In some cases, the cough can persist for more than 4 weeks.

Can bronchitis be a dry cough?

Acute bronchitis in most cases is associated with a short-term dry cough that can later develop and start producing mucus or phlegm. Th dry cough is usually witnessed when the disease starts to develop.

What do your lungs sound like when you have bronchitis?

A bronchitis patient can in most cases experience a wheezing sound when they breath out.

Do you always have a cough with bronchitis?

A hacking cough is a very common symptom of bronchitis. It is usually experienced almost by all patients. The cough can linger for several weeks with the production of yellow-green mucus.

How long should you rest with bronchitis?

It is usually advisable to rest for 3 to 10 days when you have acute bronchitis. During this period you should quit or reduce exercise to allow the body to adjust and some symptoms to clear off.

Does bronchitis make you feel ill?

Yes, the symptoms associated with bronchitis such as headache, fever and fatigue can make you feel ill or sickly.

Can bronchitis affect your heart?

New research has revealed that infections of the respiratory system can trigger heart infection and increase the risk by 17 times.

Lifon Jeffrey, MD, MPH

Lifon Jeffrey, MD, MPH Is the chief editor of The Healthline medical, health and nutritional articles. His 16 years of experience in the medical field have made him to become more familiar with the daily health related problems and nutritional difficulties people have. He edits all the articles to make sure all the information is accurate, up to date and suits the medical field.

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