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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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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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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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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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How are bronchitis and asthma different?

How are bronchitis and asthma different?

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 more

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What's the difference between asthma and bronchitis?

What's the difference between asthma and bronchitis?

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

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How to know what is better for bronchitis and asthma?

How to know what is better for bronchitis and asthma?

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

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What is the difference between asthma and bronchitis?

What is the difference between asthma and bronchitis?

Asthma is chronic.: Bronchitis is a general term to indicate inflammation of the airways. It is usually temporary and caused by a viral or bacterial infection. Asthma can be triggered by infections but generally implies a more chronic problem, caused by chronic inflammation of the breathing tubes. Most with asthma have allergic inflammation although some do not. Treatment is different and depends on the cause. ...Read more

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What are the differences between bronchitis and asthma?

What are the differences between bronchitis and asthma?

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

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How could someone get permanent asthma from bronchitis?

How could someone get permanent asthma from bronchitis?

Asthma vs bronchitis: Asthma is a chronic disease - the result of inflammation in the airways of the lungs. It can be worsened by a number of triggers, and the disease is managed with medications that control the inflammation and open the airways. Bronchitis is also due to inflammation, but is usually short-lived and the result of a virus. You may have a nagging cough for a few weeks, but won't develop asthma. ...Read more

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What's the difference between having asthma and bronchitis?

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 more

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How do I know if my child is suffereing from bronchitis or asthma?

How do I know if my child is suffereing from bronchitis or asthma?

More on asthma: Wheezing that is caused by airway constriction can usually be improved by the use of a "rescue" medications such as albuterol. Sometimes albuterol is used for both bronchiolitis and asthma. Asthma causes wheezing when a person expires (blows out), wheezing that occurs with inspiration only may suggest upper airway swelling from viral croup or acid reflux problems. ...Read more

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Need advice on what is the the difference between asthma and bronchitis?

Need advice on what is the the difference between asthma and bronchitis?

Asthma vs bronchitis: Asthma is a chronic disease that is the result of inflammation in the airways of the lungs. It can be worsened by a number of triggers, and the disease is managed with medications that control the inflammation and open the airways. Bronchitis is another disease of airway inflammation, but it is usually short-lived and the result of a virus. It can also be chronic due to smoking - aka copd. ...Read more

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I'm worried because my child suffers asthma bronchitis, what do you suggest?

Question too vague: To gain the most benefit from the site your questions should describe a problem and ask a basic question. Your statement does not. If you have specific concerns about a treatment or long term outlook, please start over and ask them. As one with asthma in his background i think the outlook for today's patients is great. ...Read more

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When does asthma get better after an asthmatic has bronchitis? Just had it last week but asthma still not great.

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

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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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Could there be a cure for asthma and bronchitis?

Could there be a cure for asthma and bronchitis?

No but: We can modify asthma with medications and in the case of allergic asthma the immune triggers for it but it cannot be cured yet. Bronchitis is a rather broad term and obviously if tobacco or pot smoking triggers it, stopping smoking may well "cure" the bronchitis. ...Read more

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How often can I take my inhaler if I have asthma and bronchitis?

How often can I take my inhaler if I have asthma and bronchitis?

Every 4-6 hours: You can use albuterol (rescue inhaler) every 4-6 hours. However if you are needing it that much you should see your doctor because they need to put you an a controller medication or increase your existing maintance meds to address the inflammation in your lungs, so you don't need to be "rescued" too often. They also want to treat with antibiotics to help resolve the infection. ...Read more

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