Symptoms of Bronchitis

Symptoms of both acute and chronic bronchitis include excessive mucus, a deep cough, shortness of breath, wheezing and chest discomfort.

Acute bronchitis may also be characterized by:

  • Yellowish or greenish color to the mucus
  • Mild fever
  • Other symptoms of a viral infection, including
    • Stuffy nose
    • Sore throat
    • Headache
    • Earache
  • Short duration of a few weeks

Chronic bronchitis develops over a long period of time and may produce additional symptoms:

  • Severe infections that recur frequently
  • Cyanosis (a bluish tinge to the skin, especially around the mouth, eyes and nails) due to low oxygen levels
  • Swelling of the lower extremities
  • Heart failure
  • Disabling fatigue or difficulty breathing

These symptoms can mimic other breathing disorders. Ask your physician about your specific symptoms. Always see your physician if a cough:

  • Lasts more than a few weeks
  • Is accompanied by a fever
  • Produces yellow, green or blood-tinged mucus
  • Causes wheezing or shortness of breath