Bronchitis

  • Understanding Acute Bronchitis - Symptoms and Treatment

    Acute bronchitis is an infection that leads to inflammation and increased mucus production in the lungs. The symptoms may be similar to other respiratory illness—coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing, or chest tightness or pain are all common symptoms of acute bronchitis. [1]

    A persistent cough is the most common symptom that indicates bronchitis—the cough may or may not be productive, and if it is, the sputum (mucus or phlegm) expelled may be yellow or greenish or clear. [1] Other non-respiratory symptoms include fatigue or tiredness, and slight fever or chills. [1] It is common for acute bronchitis to onset alongside or just after having a cold, flu or other respiratory virus or infection. [2] Nasal congestion or sinusitis may also accompany or lead to developing acute bronchitis. [3] [4]

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  • What is Acute Bronchitis? Understanding Acute Bronchitis

    If you’ve experienced acute bronchitis in the past, you’re not alone: 10 million Americans visit a doctor for symptoms diagnosed as acute bronchitis (more often simply known as “bronchitis”) each year. [1] Most often, acute bronchitis becomes apparent with a cough, caused by inflammation of the airways. [2] Most often, acute bronchitis is caused by a viral infection like a cold or flu, though sometimes it is caused by a bacterial infection or exposure to another irritant, like chemicals. [3]

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  • Symptoms and Treatment of Chronic Bronchitis

    Symptoms of chronic bronchitis include wheezing breath and a chronic cough. The cough is generally productive, producing mucus that is clear, yellow, or green. With chronic bronchitis, these episodes last close to a month or longer, at least three months out of the year, for at least two years in a row.

    Treatment for bronchitis starts with bronchodilators, inhaled steroids that open up the bronchioles and relax and open the air passageways. It can calm the coughing and the tightness in the chest.

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  • What is Chronic Bronchitis? Understanding Chronic Bronchitis

    Bronchitis means inflammation of your bronchial airways, and it's an immune response to something you inhaled. It’s meant to keep you healthy. Chronic simply means this inflammation is always present to some degree. It may cause a cough that seems to always be there. It may also cause colorful mucus production, throat clearing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath.

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