FYI's Health Tip: Do You Have Bronchitis? -- Diana Kohnle

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(HealthDay News) -- Bronchitis is a respiratory disease characterized by inflamed mucus membranes in the lungs.

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says common warning signs of bronchitis include:

  • Persistent cough lasting 10 days to 20 days.
  • Coughing up mucus, which may be clear, yellow or green. The latter two indicate a bacterial infection.
  • Wheezing when breathing, tightness in the chest or chest pain.
  • Low-grade fever.
  • Shortness of breath, especially during exercise.

If you have any of these symptoms, you should visit your doctor without delay.

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