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What is bronchitis?

What is bronchitis?

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. ...Read more

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Bronchitis (Definition)

Inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes (the tubes that carry air to ...Read more


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What is bronchitis?

What is bronchitis?

Bronchitis: Inflammation within bronchi (airways.) can be viral bacterial and chemical. .Generally manifested as cough with wheezing and sometimes sputum production and fever. ...Read more

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What is bronchitis?

What is bronchitis?

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. ...Read more

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What helps bronchitis?

What helps bronchitis?

A few things: Drink plenty of fluids. Use cough medicine to help break/bring up the mucus. You can suck on cough drops or hard candies to soothe a dry or sore throat. ...Read more

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What causes bronchitis ?

What causes bronchitis ?

Two types....: There are 2 types of bronchitis: acute and chronic. Acute bronchitis is due to an infection in the airways, usually either bacterial or viral. Chronic bronchitis is a form of copd, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and is usually due to smoking. ...Read more

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What are bronchitis symptoms?

Acute bronchitis.: Acute bronchitis is a viral infection heralded by a cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, sweats, and perhaps some diffuse chest discomfort that increases with inspiration. Chest X-Ray may not always show acute bronchitis, so it's mainly a clinical diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is bronchitis symptoms ?

What is bronchitis  symptoms ?

Symptoms...: Acute bronchitis symptoms include cough productive of discolored sputum, cold symptoms, fever, chills, body aches, shortness of breath, wheezing, etc. Symptoms of chronic bronchitis include cough productive of sputum, shortness of breath, wheezing, etc. Without any symptoms of infection. ...Read more

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What does bronchitis look like?

What does bronchitis look like?

Do you mean: symptoms, or X-ray findings? There aren't any X-ray findings, but on CT you could see some inflamed airway markings at most. Symptoms include persistent cough or accelerating cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, fever or no fever, productive sputum, or chest pain. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What is bronchitis, and when would you need to use inhalers if you've never needed inhalers before?

You might need them: Bronchitis is a non specific inflammation of the upper airways. It can be caused by bacteria, viruses and allergies among other causes. An antibiotic is usually used to treat a bacterial infection of the airways and in addition sometimes a short-acting beta 2 agonist like albuterol is used to open back up airways that have become constricted due to the inflammation. ...Read more

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What does bronchitis have to do with the respiratory system?

What does bronchitis have to do with the respiratory system?

Bronchitis: The bronchi are tubes which sprout off from the trachea and carry air into bronchioles and then into the alveolar spaces of the lung. They are an integral part of the respiratory tract and when inflamed it is called bronchitis. ...Read more

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Is strep throat usually accompanied by a fever? What about bronchitis? And does bronchitis usually resolve on its own?

Is strep throat usually accompanied by a fever?  What about bronchitis? And does bronchitis usually  resolve on its own?

Yes: Strep throat and bronchitis usually have fever but may not in all circumstances. Sometimes someone my have a low temperature as well. Many times they resolve without antibiotics but there is a risk of a complication including scarlet fever and post streptococcal glomerulonephritis. ...Read more

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What can cause bronchitis?

Causes...: Acute bronchitis is usually due to either a bacterial or viral infection. Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, is usually due to smoking. ...Read more

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What is allergic bronchitis?

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Asthma: Allergic bronchitis is a term which is not commonly used today, but in the past many people with asthma were labelled as having "allergic bronchitis.". ...Read more

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What happens if bronchitis isn't treated?

What happens if bronchitis isn't treated?

Better or worse: Sometimes bronchitis can resolve itself, particularly if it's caused by a virus. On the other hand, it can worsen leading to shortness of breath and possibly pneumonia. If it has been going on for more than 5 days, you should be evaluated by a primary care provider. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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What is chronic bronchitis?

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. ...Read more

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What causes chronic bronchitis?

Smoking...: Chronic bronchitis is a form of COPD usually caused by smoking. Smoking cessation is an important part of disease prevention as well as treatment. ...Read more