Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from the lungs. The length of time that bronchitis lasts can vary depending on the type of bronchitis, the severity of the symptoms, and the individual’s overall health.
Acute bronchitis, which is the most common type, typically lasts for 1-3 weeks. Symptoms usually start to improve after a few days, but it may take several weeks for the cough to completely disappear.
Chronic bronchitis, on the other hand, is a type of bronchitis that lasts for at least three months per year for two consecutive years. It is a more serious condition and is often associated with smoking or long-term exposure to irritants such as air pollution.
If you have symptoms of bronchitis, it’s important to see a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. They may recommend over-the-counter medications or prescribe antibiotics if the bronchitis is caused by a bacterial infection.