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Sometimes a regular cold turns into a "chest cold," which doctors refer to as acute bronchitis. This condition makes your bronchial tubes (airways in your lungs) swell and make more mucus, which can lead to a bad cough and chest discomfort. Acute bronchitis usually goes away on its own within a few weeks.

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