Bronchitis: the lungs’ cleaning response to overload. Just when you thought you were finally over a cold, your chest starts to feel sore and you develop an irritating cough. Later, you might get the chills or a slight fever.
If these signs and symptoms sound familiar, you might have acute bronchitis, a condition that occurs when the inner walls that line the main air passageways of your lungs become infected and inflamed.
Virtually everyone will have bronchitis at least once as bronchitis often follows a respiratory infection such as a cold.
Most causes of acute bronchitis disappear within a few days without lasting effects, although coughs may linger three weeks or more. A more serious health problem needing medical attention such as asthma, chronic bronchitis or emphysema may be what’s plaguing you if you have repeated bouts of bronchitis.Read More