A couple of sneezes, a runny nose and a sore throat can only indicate one thing. You have a cold. Chances are high that if the cold refuses to go away, you might get a fever, which technically would mean that you have flu. A couple of days off work should help you recover and in case you don’t, you might have somebody else.
Wondering what this is?
You must be puzzled. Aren’t you? Here’s what you should know.
Bronchitis occurs when there is a severe infection, and inflammation in your bronchial tubes, that carry oxygenated air to your lungs. You end up having a nagging cough and a lot more thick mucus.
It often develops from a cold, or from any other Respiratory Infection. Acute bronchitis is a common chronic and serious condition, which causes constant irritation. And if you are a smoker, it might trouble you even more with excess inflammation of your bronchial tubes.
Bronchitis also can become acute. It is known as a chest cold and usually improves within a week to 10 days. One of the symptoms to know that you have acute bronchitis is that your cough might linger for weeks.
Let’s quickly look at the causes and symptoms for bronchitis.
Causes of Bronchitis
- Acute bronchitis is caused by the same viruses that cause colds and flu. The influenza virus.
- The most common reason for developing chronic bronchitis is cigarette smoking.
- Air pollution, dust or any toxic gases in the environment can contribute to worsening the condition.
Factors for developing bronchitis include:
Smoking: People who excessively smoke or who are extensively exposed to passive smoking are at a higher risk of developing acute and chronic bronchitis.
Low resistance: This can be a result of another acute illness, such as a severe cold, or a chronic condition that suppresses your immunity.
Exposure to irritants in certain jobs: You might be at a risk of developing bronchitis if you work in places like some factories, mills or textile labs where you may be exposed to lung irritants, such as chemical fumes.
Occupational exposures may also include:
- Grain Dust
- Textiles (fabric fibres)
- Strong Acids
Symptoms of Bronchitis
Symptoms of acute and chronic bronchitis may vary depending on the degree of the disease. In chronic conditions, the symptoms may probably increase and might make the person weaker by the day.
The symptoms include:
- Chronic cough
- Production of mucus or sputum, which can be colourless, whitish, green in colour or yellowish-grey. In rare cases, it may also have blood in it.
- Sore throat
- Runny or blocked nose
- Aches and pains
- Fever and chills
- Chest discomfort or congestion
So when some problems strike you with normal symptoms, it becomes extremely important that you know what it is instead of ignoring. Not always does ignorance turn into bliss.
So breathe healthy!