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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Chronic Bronchitis (Definition)

Typical symptoms of bronchitis can include: cough that brings up mucus, shortness of breath, wheezing, mild fever, feeling tired, discomfort of the chest. Bronchitis is deemed to be chronic when cough with mucus are present most days for a ...Read more


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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

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! ...Read more

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What's an exacerbation of chronic bronchitis like?

What's an exacerbation of chronic bronchitis like?

Symptoms...: Symptoms of an acute exacerbation of chronic bronchitis include increased shortness of breath and increased cough and sputum production. Many of these episodes are a result of infection so symptoms of infection, like fever and discolored sputum, may also be present. ...Read more

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Wha bacteria produces a yellow green sputum in a COPD patient and/or exacerbate chronic bronchitis?

Wha bacteria produces a yellow green sputum in a COPD patient and/or exacerbate chronic bronchitis?

See below: Strep, staph, hemophilus, moraxella, pseudomonas, mycoplasma, chlamydophila would be the most common. They are usually covered by the commonly used antibiotics for outpatient treatment. ...Read more

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What is chronic bronchitis?

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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Is chronic bronchitis seasonal?

Is chronic bronchitis seasonal?

By definition, no: Chronic bronchitis is, by definition, not seasonal. It is defined as a cough that is productive of mucus every day for 3 months in a row. It is often considered a variant of emphysema/copd, which is almost invariably caused by smoking tobacco. ...Read more

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What causes chronic bronchitis?

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

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How common is chronic bronchitis?

How common is chronic bronchitis?

Very common: In children bronchitis is very common. The most common bronchitis in kids is asthma. Other causes are viral and rarely bacterial in children. ...Read more

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How is chronic bronchitis treated?

How is chronic bronchitis treated?

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. ...Read more

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How can I manage chronic bronchitis?

How can I manage chronic bronchitis?

Quit smoking: If you are smoking you should quit. The treatment depends on what kind of symptoms you have-- for wheezing beta agonists, for cough suppressants, fever antibiotics, for excessive mucus mucolytics etc. ...Read more

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How do you treat chronic bronchitis?

How do you treat chronic bronchitis?

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?". ...Read more

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How can I address chronic bronchitis?

How can I address chronic bronchitis?

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. ...Read more

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How can you avoid chronic bronchitis?

How can you avoid chronic bronchitis?

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. ...Read more

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Can I exercise with chronic bronchitis?

Can I exercise with chronic bronchitis?

Yes: Exercise may, however, be limited by the severity of your condition and by other things going on with your health. You should discuss the specifics of this with your doctor. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have chronic bronchitis?

How to tell if I have chronic bronchitis?

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. ...Read more

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What are the tests for chronic bronchitis?

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. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is chronic bronchitis?

COPD...: Chronic bronchitis is a form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or copd. It is typically caused by smoking and it is slowly progressive. There is no cure but there are treatments available. The best treatment and prevention is smoking cessation. ...Read more

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Is chronic bronchitis a permanent condition?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Bronchitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi. May be caused by either viral or bacterial infections, and is treated with antibiotics , steroids, inhaled bronchodilators, or mucolytics. Bronchitis can ...Read more