Re: Lingering Bronchitis?
Is this your first time with bronchitis? If so, it's a shock to find out how long it can last.
I just got a touch of it again; I had a bad case of asthmatic bronchitis earlier this year, and I get bronchitis repeatedly. It can last for a while. Go to the doctor if you haven't.
One reason the cough (especially that barking cough) and wheeze can last is that the inflammation of the bronchial tubes can last after the infection is gone. The repeated coughing can irritate the bronchial passages, which keeps the body producing mucus (clear mucus if you don't have an infection).
You may have asthmatic bronchitis, or a little asthma as well as bronchitis, if you're coughing for so long. Ask your doctor, specifically "Do I have asthma?" 'Do I have bronchitis?" Doctor's are less likely to give what you have a specific name unless you ask them, and if they aren't sure, they may call it something vague, "upper respiritory infection" and such. I know that when I go to the doctor I want to find out exactly what I have.