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Bronchitis Vs Asthma
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
In name only: Various terms have been used to define/describe Asthma, which has a strong allergy component, and genetic predisposition. The main thing is what precautions can be taken to prevent an exacerbation of asthma symptoms and what treatment works fir the patient. Allergy testing and treatment of allergies, as indicated is an important part of work up if these patients. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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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
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
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
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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