What is bronchitis?

Bronchitis is an infection of the main airways of the lungs (bronchi), causing them to become irritated and inflamed.

Bronchitis can be described as being either acute bronchitis or chronic bronchitis.

Acute bronchitis is temporary inflammation of the airways that causes a cough and mucus. It lasts up to 3 weeks.

It can affect people of all ages, but mostly happens in children under the age of 5.

It's more common in winter and often comes on after a common cold, sore throat or flu

Chronic bronchitis is a daily productive cough that lasts for 3 months of the year and for at least 2 years in a row.

What are the symptoms of acute bronchitis?

Sore throat, headache, runny nose or blocked nose, aches and pains, tiredness, cough, chest tightness.

What are the symptoms of chronic bronchitis?

Daily cough with phlegm over three months, wheezing, shortness of breath.

What should I do if I have symptoms of bronchitis?

Consult your healthcare provider.

Obtain plenty of rest. Stay hydrated with oral fluids.

Avoid smoking.

Over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines.

Your healthcare provider will determine the appropriate treatment with medications, imaging, breathing test based on your health condition.