What Are the Major Symptoms of Chronic Bronchitis?

Written by: Lung Health
May 8, 2019

Chronic bronchitis is a form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, and can have a debilitating effect on your daily activities by impairing the basic functioning of your lungs. As opposed to acute bronchitis, which lasts a short period of time, chronic bronchitis is an inflammation of the breathing tubes in the lungs lasting 3 months or longer. 

How Chronic Bronchitis Symptoms Affect Quality of Life

Chronic bronchitis symptoms are typically the result of irritation of the delicate lining of the bronchial tubes in one or both lungs. This irritation leads to excess mucus production, which is the primary underlying cause of the symptoms that most people experience. While chronic bronchitis is not curable, there are many treatment options that can help you successfully manage chronic bronchitis and enjoy a better quality of life. 

By having a better understanding of the specific symptoms to look for, you can work more closely with your doctor to develop an effective, individualized treatment plan. 

Specific Chronic Bronchitis Symptoms to Watch Out For

Here are the primary symptoms that chronic bronchitis sufferers generally contend with: 

  • Mucus production — Your body produces mucus as a response to inflammation from irritants such as cigarette smoke or air pollution.
  • Persistent cough — Coughing is your body’s natural response to clear substances, such as mucus, from the breathing passages. If the lungs are in a constant state of irritation, coughing can become spastic and even painful.
  • Fatigue — The lack of oxygen traveling into the lungs can lead to shortness of breath and reduced energy levels.
  • Chest pain — The constant coughing and mucus production often causes soreness in the chest area.


If you’ve been experiencing these symptoms for more than 3 weeks, it’s possible that you have a case of chronic bronchitis that requires diagnosis and treatment from a medical professional.

Chronic Bronchitis Treatment Options

Since chronic bronchitis is often smoking-related, one of the first recommendations for patients who smoke is to immediately start a cessation plan. Other treatments include cough suppressants, oral steroids, bronchodilators, an anti-inflammatory diet and respiratory therapy. 

At Lung Health Institute, we offer treatment options for chronic bronchitis that include our customized Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™ plans and cellular therapy. Both of which are designed to restore lung functioning and help with long-term symptom management.

Take the next step to find relief. Contact one of our patient coordinators today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.

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