What is Bronchitis?
Bronchitis is the swelling of the passageway between the mouth, nose and lungs (bronchi). In this condition, the lining of the bronchial tubes become swollen. People who have bronchitis cannot breath air properly in their lungs and have difficulty clearing out heavy mucus from the airways of their throat.
What are the symptoms of bronchitis?
- Sore throat
- Coughing yellow/grey mucus
- Blocked nose
What are the types of bronchitis?
- Acute bronchitis – Occurs after a period of flu and colds
- Chronic bronchitis – Constant coughing that produces thick mucus for at least 3 months
Your doctor may ask you about the symptoms you are experiencing and he will review your medical history to analyse if you have suffered from a cold or flu in the past days, or if you smoke or if you had been exposed to any situation outside like air pollution.
He will also conduct a physical examination to listen for any abnormal sounds in the lungs. Your doctor can also check the oxygen levels in the blood or recommend an X-ray for further diagnosis.