The Symptoms of Acute Bronchitis

Shivering, sometimes distinct chill; slight fewer; tightness about the chest; cough, at first dry and hard, with expectoration of glary, frothy mucus; afterward, copious yellow sputum; headache; lassitude; coated tongue; little appetite; frequently humming or rattling sounds in the chest.

This disease frequently accompanies catarrh of the larynx. It is not infrequently that we have nasal catarrh, catarrh of the larynx, and bronchial catarrh combined. A severe attack of this sort is frequently termed catarrhal fever. When there is severe frontal headache, soreness of the limbs, and pain in the joints with tenderness, the patient is frequently said to have catarrhal rheumatic fever. At the beginning of the disease, the patient feels as though his "chest is stopped up," coughs hard and expectorates but little, as the secretion is scanty. After a few hours or days, the secretion becomes much more abundant and is expectorated easily, and the cough is said to be "loose." The causes of this affection are precisely the same as those which cause catarrh of the larynx, hence, we need not recapitulate them here.