Absence of fever, although a low grade fever may occasionally be present
Soreness in the chest
If a fever is present (temperature above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit), and there are signs that your general well being is affected, such as loss of appetite and generalized achiness, then pneumonia may be the cause of your symptoms. Pneumonia usually requires the use of antibiotics.
The symptoms of chronic bronchitis may include:
Persistent cough that produces clear, yellow, white, or green phlegm (for at least three months of the year, and for more than two years in a row)
Sometimes wheezing, sometimes breathlessness
Feeling very tired
Call Your Doctor About Bronchitis If:
Your cough is so persistent or severe that it interferes with sleep or daily activities
You have a high fever
Your symptoms begin to worsen
You have bloody or rusty-colored sputum
The cough lasts longer than a week
Your mucus becomes darker, thicker or increases in volume
You have symptoms of acute bronchitis and have chronic lung, heart or other medical problems, or are infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS
Call 911 if you have severe chest pain or difficulty breathing.
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