8 Bronchitis Symptoms

7 Shortness of breath

As the mucus piles up, the airflow through the lungs becomes inefficient. Also, airways are narrowed down because of inflammatory spasm. Consequently, you may feel a shortness of breath. Some patients refer to this “like breathing through the straw.”

The symptom is very unpleasant, and patients sometimes become anxious believing they could suffocate. Shortness of breath (particularly in case of chronic bronchitis) is not always apparent- sometimes it occurs only during physical activity.


Shortness of breath. Photo by Asierromero

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Dr Aleksandar Grbović is a medical doctor from the Belgrade University, Faculty of Medicine. He is passionate about promoting medicine by bridging the gap between the patient’s and doctor’s point of view. Currently working in the biggest Occupational Medicine Institute in Serbia and attending the Radiology residency program.


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