Acute bronchitis is inflammation of the main airways to the lungs and is usually caused by an infection. Here is a quick list of potential symptoms that you should look for

  1. Cough
  2. Stays steady or gets increasingly worse for 10 days to 2 weeks
  3. Worse at night
  4. Starts out dry and irritating, but becomes increasing loose over time
  5. May cough up mucus. (Younger kids usually can't cough this up; they swallow it.)
  6. In very rare cases, patients may cough up blood (blood streaked sputum). See a doctor if this happens.
  7. Lasts for less than 6-8 weeks
  8. Wheezing
  9. "Rattle" sensation in chest
  10. General ill feeling (malaise)
  11. Slight fever
  12. Tickle feeling in back of throat that leads to soreness
  13. Chest pain, soreness, and constricted feeling or tightness in the chest
  14. Breathlessness or shortness of breath
  15. Poor sleep
  16. Chills (uncommon)