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Doctor insights on: Asthma Versus Bronchitis

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What are bronchial asthma and chronic bronchitis?

What are bronchial asthma and chronic bronchitis?

Different Conditions: Bronchial Asthma is chronic Inflamatory disease of the airways&causes episodes of Bronchospasm causing cough,Wheezing&shortness of breath which is reversible with use of Bronchodilaters like Albuterol Chronic Bronchitis is inflammation&irritation of the airways and is irreversible even with use of Bronchodilatrs like Albuterol and it produces excessive mucus and cough persist more than3months/year ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

A disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of ...Read more


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Difference between bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema in terms of lung?

Difference between bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema in terms of lung?

Difference...: Asthma is characterized by recurrent, reversible airway obstruction. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are both forms of COPD and are characterized by irreversible airway obstruction usually caused by smoking. Now, COPD patients can also have a reversible airway obstruction component and asthmatics can develop an irreversible component over time so there is overlap in this definition. ...Read more

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Is Bronchial Asthma contagious?

No: asthma isn't contagious, viral diseases can resemble asthma, and they are contagious, but asthma as it is no, ...Read more

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How is cough-variant asthma diagnosed, versus "regular" asthma?

How is cough-variant asthma diagnosed, versus "regular" asthma?

Difference...: "cough-variant" asthma is diagnosed when the primary symptom of bronchospasm is cough as opposed to wheezing, the usual sign of bronchospasm. The bronchospasm is treated with bronchodilator and steroid inhalers and the cough is controlled with this therapy. The cough in " cough-variant" asthma responds to the usual treatment of asthma. Cough is the primary sign instead of wheezing. ...Read more

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Differences of asthma & bronchitis?

Differences of asthma & bronchitis?

Different causes: Asthma is an inflamation of the bronchioles usually caused by allergies, or other "triggers". Bronchitis can be caused by infection, or in chronic cases, smoking, continuous inhaled pollutants or other "particulates". Best to be checked and tested if you think its asthma. ...Read more

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Best asthma medication for reactive airways Viral induced?

Best asthma medication for reactive airways
Viral induced?

Asthma?: If you have asthma, you need to address inflammation and airway reactivity hence the advice to use both a bronchodilator and an inhaled steroid. If you are having wheezing from a viral illness and the wheezing is reversed with a bronchodilator, there is a possibility that you have had mild asthma and symptoms were not enough to get your attention until the respiratory illness. ...Read more

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Is bronchial pneumonia contagious?

Is bronchial pneumonia contagious?

Yes: The infectious agent, bacterial or viral, can be transmitted to susceptible individuals by coughing and droplet transmission. ...Read more

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Are bronchial pneumonia and bronchitis with pneumonia the same?

Are bronchial pneumonia and bronchitis with pneumonia the same?

No: Pneumonia denotes infection in the lung parenchyma (lung tissue). Bronchits denotes infllamation in the bronchilal airway. Pneumonia is a more serious condition. Bronchitis is usally viral, may last 2 week, cough is common. However, our job is to rule out other causes of cough and determine the proper treatment. ...Read more

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Is allergic bronchitis and asthma same?

Is allergic bronchitis and asthma same?

Yes: Allergic bronchitis = asthma. However not all asthma are due to allergic bronchitis. Hope this helps. ...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 is exactly asthmatic bronchitis with acute exacerbation?

What is exactly asthmatic bronchitis with acute exacerbation?

Asthma: Bronchial Asthma, asthmatic bronchitis and asthma are the same. A typical trigger of an acute asthma exacerbation (flare up) is the cold virus so sometimes asthmatic bronchitis is used by some clinicians. I don't see asthma on your list of diagnoses so you may want to see an allergist / asthma specialist to get evaluated and tested for asthma. ...Read more

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Is asthma related to getting chronic bronchitis?

Is asthma related to getting chronic bronchitis?

No....: Chronic bronchitis is a form of copd, usually caused by smoking. Unless the asthmatic is also a smoker, they are not at increased risk of developing chronic bronchitis. ...Read more

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Does albuterol and Pulmicort treat bronchitis and pneumonia?

Does albuterol and Pulmicort treat bronchitis and pneumonia?

No: Neither treat pneumonia, but in patients who have underlying obstructive lung diseases like asthma or copd, pneumonia can worsen symptoms of these diseases and the inhaled medicines you mention can help treat these problems. Albuterol helps dilate the airways and relieve shortness of breath and pulmicort helps decrease airway inflammation and may also help relive symptoms but more slowly over time. ...Read more

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Is bronchiectasis like copd?

Is bronchiectasis like copd?

Different cause: Some symptoms like shortness of breath and sputum production are the same, but the disease is different. A history of pertussis or other serious deep lung infection is frequently the cause of bronchiectasis where the bronchial tubes are chronically infected and inflamed with breakdown of the wall of the bronchial tube. The diameter of the bronchi is enlarged and abnormal. ...Read more

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Is pneumonia or bronchitis contagious?

Is pneumonia or bronchitis contagious?

Yes: Both, usually they come from viruses ; bacterias that came from inhalation from a person who coughed before or close by. ...Read more

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What's acute vs regular bronchitis?

Starting with "itis": That -itis in Medicalese only means "inflammation." It doesn't explain why. So, an "acute" bronchitis is a sudden inflammation of the bronchi, usually infectious, sometimes allergic. "Chronic" bronchitis is long-term, and is really referring to a form of COPD, the "blue bloater" type w/ mucus production vs. "pink puffer" emphysema. Asthma is sometimes also classified under the COPD umbrella term. ...Read more

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What is the capacity of asthmatic lungs vs non asthmatic lungs?

What is the capacity of asthmatic lungs vs non asthmatic lungs?

Lung capacity/asthma: Total lung capacity is the volume of air in the lungs at the end of maximal inspiration. Asthmatics can have higher lung volumes than normal people because their lungs become hyperinflated when they have attacks. They have trouble breathing all the way out, so the volume left over afterward, the residual lung volume, is also elevated. In severe asthmatics, fibrosis/scars can decrease volumes. ...Read more

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Bronchitis or asthma: how do you know which one your young child is suffering from?

Bronchitis or asthma:  how do you know which one your young child is suffering from?

Bronchitis = asthma: Adults who smoked develop chronic bronchitis. In children acute bronchitis is usually coughing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, wheezing with a viral respiratory infection (vri). In this case the lungs are over reacting to the irritation of the vri and over reactive/hper-reactive airways is the hallmark of asthma. Children who repeatedly get "bronchitis" probably have a mild form of asthma. ...Read more

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Is there association between asthma, bronchitis, chronic sinusitis, respiratory tract infection and pulmonary hypertension?can they affect each other?

Is there association between asthma, bronchitis, chronic sinusitis, respiratory tract infection and pulmonary hypertension?can they affect each other?

Lung conditions : The conditions you mentioned affect lungs and linings of upper respiratory airways; they are apparently not inter-related. That said, some patients with chronic bronchitis may get frequent respiratory tract infections. One of the late and severe complications from chronic bronchitis can be pulmonary hypertension but there are other causes for the condition. ...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