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Doctor insights on: Asthma Vs Chronic Bronchitis

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Is chronic bronchitis fatal?

Is chronic bronchitis fatal?

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. ...Read more

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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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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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What is the difference in symptoms between asthma and chronic bronchitis?

Difference...: Asthma is characterized by acute, recurrent episodes of reversible bronchospasm and airway inflammation whereas in chronic bronchitis, the airway obstruction is chronic and not fully reversible. ...Read more

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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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Did the chronic bronchitis cause my asthma? I had bronchitis for 3 months straight this year and asthma ever since. If yes, then how did this happen?

Did the chronic bronchitis cause my asthma? I had bronchitis for 3 months straight this year and asthma ever since. If yes, then how did this happen?

May be all asthma: Bronchitis lasting 3 months for one year is not chronic bronchitis. Without having all clinical data it is very difficult for me to determine what exactly you had for 3 months. Asthma may develop after infections of the bronchial tree, particularly after viral and certain bacterial infections. If you haven't yet, see an asthma specialist. ...Read more

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Can chronic sinus drainage lead to chronic bronchitis and asthma ?

Can chronic sinus drainage lead to chronic bronchitis and asthma ?

Worsen asthma: Sinus problems, acute or chronic, can aggravate asthma in a person who already has asthma. It's less likely that the sinus discharge actually causes asthma. Chronic bronchitis is a condition caused by cigarette smoking. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with both chronic bronchitis and asthma and was wondering what the early signs of COPD are? My asthma has been gradually worsening

I've been diagnosed with both chronic bronchitis and asthma and was wondering what the early signs of COPD are? My asthma has been gradually worsening

Quit smoking: Even a single cigarette would impact your lung adversely so that's one thing you must do right now. The early sign of COPD is that your airway obstruction has become irreversible but I think you are still at an age when stopping smoking may reverse the trend. Smoking also reduces your airway's response to inhaled steroid as well. Quit and you'll be glad that you did. ...Read more

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I have just been to my doctor and was told i have early stage chronic bronchitis,i also have asthma,is it wise to go to work?

I have just been to my doctor and was told i have early stage chronic bronchitis,i also have asthma,is it wise to go to work?

Probably yes: Depends on the type of work you do. If you are breathing ok and you feel like going to work, then you should be fine. Also if you work in a dusty/polluted environment, you may want to change your working environment. Most importantly, STOP smoking if you are a smoker ...Read more

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What are withdrawal symptoms of methotrexate? Dr.Stopping me after devolving chronic bronchitis and mild asthma.

What are withdrawal symptoms of methotrexate? Dr.Stopping me after devolving chronic bronchitis and mild asthma.

No such thing: You do not get withdrawal symptoms from stopping methotrexate. The only issue is that the underlying disease it is treating can flare when it is stopped. It should be held when treating any infection. ...Read more

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What kind of techniques can I do to breathe if the people around me won't stop smoking in front of me and I have chronic bronchitis asthma?

What kind of techniques can I do to breathe if the people around me won't stop smoking in front of me and I have chronic bronchitis asthma?

Not an easy answer.: This may sound insensitive, but unfortunately if the people that you spend time with do not respect you enough to stop smoking around you to help you with your health problem, then you may need to find other people to spend time with. Maybe mention to them that smoking will cause chronic bronchitis if they continue. ...Read more

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Which of these are restrictive: obstructive pulmonary diseases are asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema?

Which of these are restrictive: obstructive pulmonary diseases are asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema?

Restriction: Airway "obstruction" refers to limitation of air flow through the airways. "restriction" refers to processes that keep the lungs from opening fully when you inhale. Restriction can result from fibrosis, or thickening, of the lung as with diseases like idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. It can even be from something as simple as obesity or muscle weakness that keeps you from breathing deeply. ...Read more

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What to do if I know obstructive pulmonary diseases are asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema but what are the restrictive ones?

What to do if I know obstructive pulmonary diseases are asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema but what are the restrictive ones?

See below: Exam question? The interstitial lung diseases (there are many) like Interstitial pneumonias from collagen vascular disease or idiopathic, Bronchiolitis Obliterans Organizing Pneumonia (BOOP), Respiratory Bronchiolitis Associated Interstitial Lung Disease (RBILD), Drug induced lung disease; also Obesity, Pregnancy, and Cirrhosis with ascites. Many others. ...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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Doc says I've chronic bronchitis but I have no cough or sputum production my full pred.Value spirometry was 83% could it be late onset asthma ?

Doc says I've chronic bronchitis but I have no cough or sputum production my full pred.Value spirometry was 83% could it be late onset asthma ?

PFT report: If you have a copy of the report, I think it is a good idea to review it with your physician. The interpretation takes into account more than one airflow value. If you have a chronic cough and reflux, then also consider aspiration and bronchoconstriction as a cause. ...Read more

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Chronic pansinusitits, otitis, bronchitis in 3 year old. Cf, IG def., obstruction, pcd, asthma ruled out. No smoke. Recurrent high fevers (105-107) .

Chronic pansinusitits, otitis, bronchitis in 3 year old. Cf, IG def., obstruction, pcd, asthma ruled out. No smoke. Recurrent high fevers (105-107) .

Allergy?: The most common cause is obstruction of the sinus opening preventing sinus drainage. Thus the first order would be reducing the nasal congestion. Although the IG levels might be normal, the antibodies produced may not be and thus a post-vaccination antibody study may help assess this aspect. It is time for him to see an allergist-immunologist. Get a 2nd opinion if necessary. ...Read more

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Chronic/recurrent pansinusitits, otitis, bronchitis in 3 year old. Cf, IG deficiency, obstruction, pcd, asthma ruled out. Any ideas?

Chronic/recurrent pansinusitits, otitis, bronchitis in 3 year old. Cf, IG deficiency, obstruction, pcd, asthma ruled out.  Any ideas?

Please make sure: Your child is not ever exposed to cigarette or other smoke, even if its on someone's clothes. It could also be allergies. Consider having a pediatric allergist see him. Exposure to cockroaches or pesticides or mold could be a factor as well. Finally, in at least one case, a young patient of mine got significantly better drinking only organic milk. ...Read more

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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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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