Bronchitis Causes Cough, Shortness of Breath and Chest Tightness Symptoms

Do you have chest tightness with a cough? Your likely instigator is bronchitis.

Bronchitis means inflammation of your main air passageways (bronchi) in your lungs. When these air movers are inflamed you typically experience a cough, shortness of breath and chest tightness. Also, bronchitis caused coughing may bring up some “yucky looking” thick yellow or greenish mucus.

The two main types of bronchitis are acute and chronic.

Acute bronchitis is most often caused by the common cold virus. Your symptoms will usually start with a sore throatrunny nose or sinus infection, which spreads to your bronchial airways.

In most instances, your body will recover from acute bronchitis on its own in a couple of days to a week with plenty of rest, lots of fluids (water and fruit juices) and an increase in environmental humidity.

If your acute cough, shortness of breath and chest tightness symptoms of bronchitis are caused by a virus, which is most often the case, antibiotics will not help. In some cases, your doctor may prescribe asthma medicines, that may help by opening your bronchial tubes for mucus clearing purposes. If you smoke, a cut back will allow your bronchial tree to heal faster.

If your cough and chest tightness last for several weeks or months, your bronchi may be taking a heck of a long time to heal or it could be signaling another problem, like asthma or pneumonia.

The best way to prevent acute bronchitis is wash your hands often to keep from getting any viruses that may be the kick off to bronchitis.

Chronic bronchitis is one type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). These inflamed bronchi produce mucus which leads to cough and difficulty getting air in and out of the lungs.

Cigarette smoking is the most common cause. Also, long periods of breathing in other fumes and dusts may be your cause of chronic bronchitis.

Chronic bronchitis is a long-term condition that never goes away completely and keeps on coming back.

A recent study discovered an association between snoring and bronchitis. Notice was made that it’s not unusual for sleep apnea sufferers to have bronchial cough, shortness of breath and chest tightness symptoms.

One theory for this is the snoring vibration leads to airway inflammation. Not a conclusive study, but why not take steps to get your apnea under control and you might find your incidences of cough, breath shortness and tight chest of bronchitis will decline also.