Bronchitis is a common illness that affects the respiratory tract, and more specifically the bronchial tubes. When infected, the bronchial tubes become inflamed and swelled, making breathing more difficult. Chest pain when coughing with mucus expelled is an indicator you might have bronchitis.
- Coughing that causes chest pain
- Production of mucus that can be colorless, greenish, yellowish…
- Slight fever in some cases
- Overall fatigue
Causes and treatments
Bronchitis stems from a viral infection and often starts by being a common cold or the influenza. Because of its viral origins, antibiotics are useless and the best way to treat such infections is by resting and taking anti-inflammatories. Cigarette smoking and air pollution are also factors that can increase the likelihood of getting the bronchitis. It is important to book an appointment with your physician if symptoms do not improve as it can turn to pneumonia if not taken care of well.