LANSING, Mich. (WILX) Normally if you hear a lot of coughing in the summer time it's because allergies are making life miserable. But in this case, it's because bronchitis is going around.
Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes that carry air to and from your lungs. Dr. Susan Fedewa at the 98point6 Emergicenter tells us symptoms include a cough, heavy mucus that can be streaked with blood, fatigue, shortness of breath, chest discomfort and even a slight fever or chills.
You should see a doctor if the symptoms last more than three weeks, if you're having trouble sleeping, or if your cough produces blood or discolored mucus. The same goes if you are short of breath, or if you have a fever higher than 100.4 degrees.
Bronchitis can cause some people to come down with pneumonia. Repeated cases might mean you actually have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Doctors can run tests to see if your cough is being caused by bronchitis or something else.