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A 39-year-old member asked:

can acute bronchitis be attributed to smoking?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Partially: Smoking will make the bronchitis worse.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Indirectly: If you smoke, you irritate the lungs & trigger extra mucous flow. That mucus is food for germs. If you supply the extra germ food & inhale the right germs you create the conditions for bronchitis to emerge.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

I don't smoke. Can I still get chronic bronchitis?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
Yes: From second hand smoking, from unrecognized asthma, from other environmental exposure.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What is chronic bronchitis?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 27 years experience
Type of obstruction: Chronic bronchitis is a type of obstructive lung disease. It is characterized by cough and sputum production for approximately 100 days out of the year (not necessarily consecutive days). Usually the patient has shortness of breath and purulent secretions.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What is allergic bronchitis?

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Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 49 years experience
Probable asthma: Allergic bronchitis is an antiquated term. Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes and allergic indicates an allergic reaction is causing the inflammation. Bronchial inflammation causes hyper-reactivity, meaning that the bronchial tubes react to smaller amounts of irritation than normals by narrowing (chest tightness, wheezing), coughing and making more mucus, i.e., asthma.
A 48-year-old member asked:

How can I manage chronic bronchitis?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
COPD...: Chronic bronchitis is a form of copd. Treatment usually consists of bronchodilator inhalers as well as steroid inhalers. Supplemental oxygen therapy is used if the oxygen level is low enough to warrant it. Other treatments depend on symptoms present. Smoking cessation is necessary. There is no cure but treatment can control symptoms. Pulmonary rehab may be prescribed by your doctor as well.
A 39-year-old male asked:

Is brochitis contagious?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Cold virus: Since bronchitis is usually caused by a cold virus, you might transmit the cold to someone else. That person may then get a cold, with or without bronchitis.

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