BRONCHITIS - SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
Apr 19, 2017
A cough that brings up yellowish-gray or green mucus (sputum) is one of the main symptoms of bronchitis. Mucus itself isn\'t abnormal - your airways produce at least an ounce of normal secretions every day. But these secretions don\'t accumulate because they\'re continuously cleared into your throat and swallowed with your saliva. When your bronchial tubes are inflamed, however, they often produce large amounts of discolored mucus that comes up when you cough. Mucus that isn\'t white or clear usually means there\'s a secondary infection. Still, these symptoms can be deceptive. You don\'t always produce sputum when you have bronchitis, and children often swallow coughed-up material, so parents may not know it\'s infected.