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If you have acute bronchitis, you probably feel the symptoms of a cold or flu (upper respiratory tract infection).
After a few days you may feel these symptoms:

  • You cough up extra mucus
  • Wheezing in your chest — it feels harder to breathe
  • See your doctor if:
  • Your symptoms last for more than three weeks
  • You have trouble breathing when you lie down
  • You have a high fever
  • You have chest or shoulder pain
  • You cough up blood or a bad-tasting mucus (sticky fluid from your lungs)
  • You are short of breath
  • You have swollen feet
  • You have had acute bronchitis many times — this could signal that you have a chronic (long-term) problem in your lungs


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