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What is bronchitis?

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Dr. Steven Hill
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Inflammation: Inflammation of the bronchial tubes - usually caused by a virus. Can be worse and more chronic especially in people who smoke or have smoked.
Dr. Mouhammed Rihawi
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Is: Infection of the air pipes , many causes.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Two types...: There are 2 types of bronchitis: acute and chronic. Acute bronchitis is usually due to an infection in the airways whereas chronic bronchitis is a form of COPD and is typically from smoking. The treatments are different as well so see your doctor if you think you may have a form of bronchitis.
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Herbs & homeopathy: Most acute bronchitis is caused by viral infections & research confirms antibiotics generally do not help. There is research showing herbs can be very helpful, esp. Pelargonium sidoides. Andrographis is another useful herb. Rest, fluids, healthy diet & avoiding tobacco smoke helps. I don't recommend cough suppressants but expectorants with guiafenesin can help. Please click on "comment" for more..
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker commented
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Provided original answer
Homeopathy can also be very helpful- I have successfully treated 100's. Pelargonium is widely available as "Umcka"- see http://data.schwabenorthamerica.com/common/artifactdocument/ITI-Pelargonium-Sidoides-Extract.pdf More info on Andrographis here: http://www.positivehealth.com/article/ayurveda/andrographis-the-ayurvedic-remedy-for-boosting-immunity Vitamins A, C, D, E & Zinc may also be helpful.
Jan 18, 2012
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Two types...: Acute bronchitis is due to a bacteria or virus and is associated with a productive cough, fever, body aches, URI symptoms. Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, is due to airway inflammation usually due to smoking and is characterized by a productive cough that lasts for months and is not associated with fever, cold sxs, etc. The treatment depends on the type of bronchitis present.
Dr. Kenneth Smith
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Bronchitis: Inflammation within bronchi (airways.) can be viral bacterial and chemical. .Generally manifested as cough with wheezing and sometimes sputum production and fever.
Dr. Peter Wiernik
Hematology and Oncology 57 years experience
A lung infection: Its an infection of the airway tubes in the lungs and can lead to pneumonia if caused by a virus or bacterium. If caused by smoking it can lead to permanent lung damage such as COPD, which is not reversible. Inhaling industrial chemicals and other substances can do the same. Common in miners and other workers, if not protected.

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