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Bay County, Fla. -

A cough could signal the beginning of bronchitis.  That's what's going around this week.

Nurse Practitioner Christy Johnson from Bay Medical-Sacred Heart Family Medicine says bronchitis develops when the lining of the bronchial tubes becomes inflamed.  Johnson says bronchitis can develop "from a cold or other respiratory infection."  She says acute bronchitis is very common. This is a type of bronchitis that normally improves within a few days with no long-term effects.

Symptoms include:

  • A cough
  • Production of mucus
  • Fatigue
  • Slight fever and chills
  • Chest discomfort

Johnson says your cough can last for several weeks, even after the bronchitis has cleared.

She recommends seeing a doctor if your cough does any of the following:

  • Prevents you from sleeping
  • It's accompanied by fever over 100.4
  • Produces discolored mucus
  • Produces blood
  • It's associated with wheezing or shortness of breath