How does a cold turn into bronchitis?
Common cold and bronchitis can be caused by the same viruses. The common cold is associated with symptoms in the nose, throat, and sinuses such as sneezing, stuffy or running nose, headache, and throat pain or irritation. When this infection travels down and affects the bronchial tubes, bronchitis occurs. Bronchitis may also be caused by a bacterial infection or irritation caused by cigarette smoke or air pollutants.
The occurrence of bronchitis is often preceded by symptoms of the common cold. The condition further progresses to cause the following:
- Persistent cough with mucus production
- Shortness of breath
- Fever which is usually low grade
- Wheezing (a high-pitched, coarse whistling sound when a person breathes)
- Feeling sick or having a lack of energy
- Chest discomfort or pain
Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, you must consult your healthcare provider right away if you experience any symptoms such as cough, altered taste or smell, shortness of breath, or fever.