If you have recently had a cold or flu virus then you must be aware that right now you have a bigger chance than anyone of getting bronchitis; a treatable but rather painful and uncomfortable medical condition that would be best avoided at all costs! It makes sense to know the most prominent symptoms, especially during cold and flu season so that if you get them you can seek medical help and advice and fast!
One of the most common signs that you have this medical condition is that you will get a cough. At first you may notice that this cough is a rather dry one which usually causes no need for concern however, over time and if not treated, the cough can turn into a rather dry and nasty cough that produces a lot of mucus which in turn, can actually spread the disease. If you live in a full and busy household, it is wise to get this cough checked out by a medical professional as soon as you can to avoid spreading to others and potentially getting your own illness back after you have been treated!
With bronchitis, that cough that you have will get worse without treatment so after two weeks or so, you will quickly find that the muscle in the upper part of the body are starting to ache because of the constant straining. In severe cases, the pain can cause people to pass out, and muscles can even be pulled with excessive force caused by the cough itself. If it gets to this point, it is most definitely overdue for treatment!
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As the passages that you use for breathing are inflamed and irritated, you may find that it is much harder than usual to breathe. Wheezing is a common complaint with bronchitis, and a lot of people even find that breathing itself is very difficult and very painful. This also means that the person suffering from this condition can only manage short breaths, meaning that physical activity will prove to be somewhat difficult.
Of course, if you have asthma and you get bronchitis, the chances of you having an attack are severely multiplied with the closing of the airways as well as severe wheezing and breathing pains. If you are asthmatic and find yourself suffering with bronchitis, the earlier you seek medical advice, the better!
So, when exactly do you get treatment for bronchitis? If you have a cough, it could just be a cough. The wheezing could be a side effect of the common cough that often accompanies a cold or flu, and shortness of breath is something that regularly happens with most common colds and flu. You certainly don’t want to be heading to the doctor with a common cold thinking that it could be bronchitis!
The first thing that you should keep an eye out is your sleeping patterns. If the cough is severe enough to wake you up, there is a good chance that you should see a doctor to rule out common chest infections as well as bronchitis. A fever is often something that you should be on the lookout for especially if your cold or flu symptoms dissipated for a short time and then appeared to just come back. Fever that lasts more than 5-7 days should be checked out by any means.
The best thing that you can do is to be aware of your own body and know when there is something wrong. Seeking medical advice is wise regardless of how bad your symptoms are – it is better to be too cautious than not cautious enough!