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Acute Bronchitis Vs Chronic Bronchitis
Progressive...: Chronic bronchitis is a form of COPD and it is slowly progressive. Treatments that can slow disease progression include smoking cessation and oxygen therapy, if the oxygen level is low enough to qualify. It can be fatal but progression can be slowed with treatment.See 2 more doctor answers
Bronchitis: No, acute bronchitis is a self limiting condition and does not change to chronic bronchitis.
I've had bronchitis for about two weeks now and would like to know the difference between acute and chronic bronchitis? I'm a smoker but quit before
Your bronchitis: Is considered acute. The cough from acute bronchitis can last up to a month. If it goes on longer, please get re-checked by your doctor. Chronic bronchitis would last much longer, but also be recurrent...several months each year, for longer time period. If you quit smoking and stick with it, you will hopefully avoid chronic bronchitis and even worse lung disease!See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
Treatment...: Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, is typically treated with bronchodilator and steroid inhalers as well as supplemental oxygen if the oxygen level in the blood is low. Smoking cessation is a necessary part of treatment. There is no cure but symptoms can be managed with therapy so see your doctor for specific treatment as well as diagnosis.See 2 more doctor answers
Avoid the cause (s): Cigarettes and pollution are the two biggest contributors. Stop one and avoid the other as much as you can. Treatment is symptomatic; bronchodilators if you are short of breath, steroid inhalers for people who have frequent "exacerbations", antibiotics and oral steroids for acute exacerbations, and yearly influenza vaccination to reduce risk of serious illness. Oh, and did I mention "no smoking? ".
Chronic bronchitis.: Chronic bronchitis is related to a history of smoking, for the most part. Treatment is with medications - mainly inhalers used daily and as needed for symptoms of shortness of breath. Sometimes oral steroids are used when chronic symptoms are more severe, and antibiotics are used for flares thought due to infection. Oxygen sometimes also helpful.See 1 more doctor answer
Avoid its causes: Almost all chronic bronchitis in western society is caused by smoking. Other causes include long term use of wood stoves without proper ventilation (quite common in the developing world), pollution in urban centers, and certain agricultural dust exposures. By far, the largest slice of the pie is from cigarette use. This is the thing over which you have the most control. Just. Don't. Smoke.
Diagnosis...: Chronic cough is a form of copd, usually related to smoking. The diagnosis is typically made by the clinical scenario, physical exam and pulmonary function testing. See your doctor so this evaluation can be completed. If diagnosed, part of the treatment includes smoking cessation so if you are smoking, you need to quit asap.
Diagnosis...: The diagnosis of chronic bronchitis is made via a physician's evaluation of the patient in conjunction with pulmonary function testing, which demonstrates the chronic obstruction as well as its severity. Pulse ox is used to determine if there is adequate oxygenation whereas abg analysis can determine if there is adequate ventilation as well as oxygenation.
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.See 3 more doctor answers
Treatment...: Chronic bronchitis is a form of copd. If you are still smoking, you need to quit. Treatment includes bronchodilator and steroid inhalers as well as oxygen therapy, if your oxygen level is low. You need to see your doctor for treatment as other treatment depends on your symptoms. There is no cure and it is a slowly progressive disease so see your doctor.See 1 more doctor answer
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