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You have a cold, and you've been coughing for several days, and now you have discolored mucus. When you see your doctor, your doctor tells you that you have bronchitis. You wonder if it is the result of the cold or if you contracted it from another source. Your doctor tells you that it is a common infection, but you need to take care of yourself so that it doesn't get worse and turn into pneumonia. In most cases, it clears up in a few days to a few weeks. If it does not, you may have chronic bronchitis.

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1. What is Bronchitis?

Bronchitis is the inflammation of the bronchial tubes that attach your trachea or windpipe to your lungs. It is a common infection that occurs due to bacteria, viruses, and, in the chronic form, particulates. There are two types of bronchitis: acute and chronic. Both types can make you feel miserable and may require medical treatment of symptoms.

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