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Health Tip: Do You Have Bronchitis?

(HealthDay News) -- Bronchitis is a respiratory disease characterized by inflamed mucus membranes in the lungs.

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says common warning signs of bronchitis include:

  • Persistent cough lasting 10 days to 20 days.

  • Coughing up mucus, which may be clear, yellow or green. The latter two indicate a bacterial infection.

  • Wheezing when breathing, tightness in the chest or chest pain.

  • Low-grade fever.

  • Shortness of breath, especially during exercise.

If you have any of these symptoms, you should visit your doctor without delay.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Date Last Reviewed: 2/27/2014
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