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Is chronic bronchitis a permanent condition?

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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Dr. Andrew Carrollanswered
Family Medicine 26 years experience
No: Not always. This really depends on the cause--some chronic bronchitis is due to an infection, and the body simply needs time to recover. Some chronic bronchitis is inflammatory, and this can be treated as well. Chronic bronchitis can go from 1 month to several months.
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Dr. Lorne Campbell Sr.
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: Chronic bronchitis is a permanent condition. It generally has relapses that periodically occur. To prevent relapses people need to stop smoking and take medication as prescribed.
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Yes: Chronic bronchitis is a component of copd, the other being emphysema. These are permanent conditions related to cigarette smoking. While there are medications to treat these conditions, they are unfortunately not curable.
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Yes...: Chronic bronchitis is a form of copd, typically caused by smoking. It is a slowly progressive, incurable disease so , once diagnosed, it is permanent. The way to prevent it is to avoid smoking or quit now if your are smoking. Once diagnosed, smoking cessation will slow disease progression but the disease is incurable. Smoking cessation also decreases the risk of lung cancer and other cancers, too.
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Last updated Sep 1, 2017

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