Symptoms of chronic bronchitis include the following:
4. Frequent Respiratory InfectionsIn chronic bronchitis, the bronchi (airways) become damaged and thickened, which alters the protective action of the bacteria-fighting cells within the lungs. The combination of increased mucus and damage to the bronchi makes a patient with chronic bronchitis more susceptible to lung infections.
5. WheezingWheezing is a high-pitched whistling sound made during breathing and is caused by a narrowing, or blockage, of the airways. Wheezing is often heard during exhalation, but can also occur during inhalation.
Swelling (especially of the lower extremities) and weight gain may accompany chronic bronchitis and often occur because of side effects of certain medications used to treat the disease.
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Read more about chronic bronchitis, including causes, treatment and prevention:
COPD Fact Sheet. American Lung Association. http://www.lungusa.org/site/pp.asp?c=dvLUK9O0E&b=252866.
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