Bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining of your bronchi, which carries air out of your lungs. People with bronchitis often produce thick mucus that can be in discolored. Bronchitis can be acute or chronic. Acute bronchitis is common during a cold or other respiratory infection and is very common. Chronic bronchitis, a more serious disease, is a constant irritation or inflammation of the lining of the bronchi, often caused by smoking. Acute bronchitis, also known as a cold, usually improves in one week to 10 days, with no lasting effect, although a cough may last for several weeks. However, recurrent episodes of bronchitis can cause chronic bronchitis requiring medical attention. Chronic bronchitis is one of the conditions of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
For either type of bronchitis, signs and symptoms may include:
- A cough
- Production of mucus
- Shortness of breath
- Slight fever and chills
- Chest discomfort
As this situation happened due to a viral or bacterial attack. So potent antiviral or antibacterial drugs with cough suppressant are prescribed for its treatment.