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Asthma Versus Bronchitis
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Asthma is 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 breath, dry cough, etc. MIT is a diagnosis made by combining clinical ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Infection: Bronchitis is usually caused by a viral infection and causes inflammation of the airways associated with cough and sputum production. There is typically no wheezing with bronchitis. Asthma is also due to inflammation and may worsen with viral infection. Asthma causes cough and sputum production and usually also causes wheezing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Indeed: Although both conditions involve inflammation in the airways, asthma is associated with airway constriction often related to allergy. People with asthma often have wheezing, shortness of breath, and coughing. Chronic bronchitis is usually associated with tobacco smoking (not allergy) and the symptoms consist mainly of a wet cough (phlegm production). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Bronchitis is simply, inflammation of the bronchi whereas asthma is inflammation of the small air ways of the lungs along with increased mucous production and air trapping as the result so that one can not get good breaths because they can't expell the air and get proper gas exchange across the alveoli (small air sacks at the lower part of the lung). Thus, respiratory distress. ...Read more
Airway Inflamation: Both asthma and bronchitis involve inflammation of the airway. Asthma is a chronic recurring condition that is provoked by a variety of stimuli including infections, allergens, irritants, exercise, etc. Bronchitis is generally an acute event caused by an infection. Bronchitis can be a chronic problem in smokers. Asthmatics can have periodic episodes of bronchitis . ...Read more
When does asthma get better after an asthmatic has bronchitis? Just had it last week but asthma still not great.
Get seen: An asthma exacerbation is unpredictable and may not improve after resolution of a triggering infection. Your respiratory status needs to be evaluated, exacerbation needs to be treated and your plan for lasting control needs to be addressed. If you cannot see your primary doctor, then go to urgent care or ER. It is also time to start seeing Pulmonologist or Allergist. Best wishes! ...Read more
Yes: It can happen.Get a more detailed answer ›
Accurate diagnosis: There can be differences in treating asthma vs bronchitis. A lung specialist can assess with lung function tests, etc to determine if treatment should be directed at bronchitis or asthma. For persistent asthma, the most effective daily treatment is inhaled steroids like qvar, flovent, etc. All patients should have a quick relief inhaler such as albuterol and a plan on when and how much to take. ...Read more
It is an inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi (the larger and medium-sized airways that carry airflow from the trachea into the more distal parts of the lung parenchyma). It may be infectious and require antibiotics, or steroid like meds to help treat it. (it can be acute ...Read more
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