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A 21-year-old member asked:

does smoking increase the risks of bronchitis?

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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Dr. Andrew Carrollanswered
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Yes: Absolutely. Smoking reduces the number of cilia in the airway, the tiny structures that help to clear away airway debris, as well as produces the mucous that traps bacterial and dust in the airway. When you burn those away with cigarette smoke, this makes you much more susceptible to all airway illnesses, including bronchitis.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Yes: Smoke, direct or second hand, has been shown to decrease the motility of bronchial cilia causing diminished ability of normal defenses to mount a response to pathogens and allergens.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Yes...: Smoking leads to airway inflammation which puts a person at risk of acute bronchitis due to infections as well as chronic bronchitis, a form of copd. Smoking cessation decreases the risk of these as well as cancers, including lung cancers. Your doctor can help with smoking cessation.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

How does bronchitis develop?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Inflammation: Bronchitis is by definition inflammation of the bronchi. It can develop from smoking, inhalation of environmental pollutants, viral and bacterial infections. Some people are predisposed to developing bronchitis, e.G, cystic fibrosis.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can bronchitis be caught from a grocery store or mall?

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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Dr. Andrew Carrollanswered
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Yes: As most forms of bronchitis tend to be of an infectious cause, anywhere you might pick up infections, such as stores, etc., can make you prone to picking up any respiratory illness.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Does bronchitis affect the healthy?

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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Dr. Andrew Carrollanswered
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Yes: Bronchitis can affect anyone, but is more likely to be seen in those who are debilitated or have preexisting lung disease.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Does ice cream help bronchitis?

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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Dr. Andrew Carrollanswered
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Not directly: Interesting question. Airway inflammation can be helped with cool humidified air, like when an asthmatic goes outside and has some relief of their symptoms at night. I suppose if you're eating ice cream, some of the upper airway inflammation that may come with bronchitis may be relieved with just the direct contact with ice cream. Not sure i'd depend on it for a cure though.
A 22-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for bronchitis to go away?

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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Dr. Andrew Carrollanswered
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Depends: This is only answered by the etiology of the bronchitis. Viral bronchitis, the most common, usually resolves within 1-2 weeks, but there can be ongoing residual cough that takes weeks to months to resolve. Bacterial bronchitis responds to antibiotics, with the same post-infectious course. Inflammatory and asthmatic bronchitis can go months, depending on the level of control.

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