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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Chronic Bronchitis (Overview)

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 minimum of 3 months.


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What is chronic bronchitis?

What is chronic bronchitis?

Type of obstruction: Chronic bronchitis is a type of obstructive lung disease. It is characterized by cough and sputum production for approximately 100 days out of the year (not necessarily consecutive days). Usually the patient has shortness of breath and purulent secretions. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
148 Doctors shared insights

Chronic Bronchitis (Overview)

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 minimum of 3 months.


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How does smoking cause chronic bronchitis? And how long does it take?

How does smoking cause chronic bronchitis? And how long does it take?

Smoke is toxic: Both the heat of the smoke and the chemicals within it irritate the linings of the respiratory tract. It takes 10 years or more to produce chronic bronchitis in most smokers. ...Read more

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Treating Acute Bronchitis (Checklist)

Drink plenty of water
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Take ibuprofen for pain
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Can you please explain why fatigue is a symptom of chronic bronchitis?

Can you please explain why fatigue is a symptom of chronic bronchitis?

Oxygen deprevation: Fatigue may due to low oxygen levels, poor conditioning, and other related comorbidites associated with dz. There are pulmonary rehab classes at local hospitals that work with pts such as this to increase endurance. ...Read more

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Are symptoms of chronic bronchitis really an infection or is it a persistent allergy?

Are symptoms of chronic bronchitis really an infection or is it a persistent allergy?

COPD...: Chronic bronchitis is one of the chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases or copd. It is not due to infection or allergy but it is usually due to smoking. Smoking cessation, bronchodilators and inhaled steroids are important components of treatment. Patients with chronic bronchitis can develop infections or allergies but this is not the cause of the disease. ...Read more

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Managing Chronic Pelvic Pain (Checklist)

See your doctor for an evaluation
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Have a pelvic exam
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Have an ultrasound
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I was diagnosed with chronic bronchitis. What is it? I haven't smoked in 6 years.

I was diagnosed with chronic bronchitis. What is it? I haven't smoked in 6 years.

Bronchitis.: Chronic bronchitis is typcally seen in smoker, current or past. The mucous membrane lining of respiratory tract becomes more responsive by producing more secretions resulting in cough. ...Read more

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Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFIDS) (Checklist)

Don't overdo it when you have more energy than usual
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Try slow and steady movement like qigong, tai chi, or yoga
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Consider natural medical alternatives such as dipsacus
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Dr. Liawaty Ho Dr. Ho
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Is there link to having chronic bronchitis for 9m few years ago & urinary TB now? Tb not conf yet but been suggested. Waiting on test results. 28f

Dr. Liawaty Ho Dr. Ho
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Is there link to having chronic bronchitis for 9m few years ago & urinary TB now? Tb not conf yet but been suggested. Waiting on test results. 28f

Could be: Your so called " 9 month bronchitis" might actually be a TB infection of the lung and that ciould be the reason/link that now you are tested for urinary tb. Your doctor should know about your bronchitis history. In addition to the test that did to rule out urinary tb, you also should have some work up -including an imaging of the lung- and sputum samples to really rule out lung tb. ...Read more

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What are the tests for chronic bronchitis?

Diagnosis...: The diagnosis of chronic bronchitis is made via a physician's evaluation of the patient in conjunction with pulmonary function testing, which demonstrates the chronic obstruction as well as its severity. Pulse ox is used to determine if there is adequate oxygenation whereas abg analysis can determine if there is adequate ventilation as well as oxygenation. ...Read more

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What's the risk of taking nyquill if you have chronic bronchitis?

What's the risk of taking nyquill if you have chronic bronchitis?

See answer...: This product can cause sedation which can result in a decreased respiratory drive. This will ultimately result in an increased carbon dioxide level and perhaps even a decreased oxygen level resulting in acute respiratory failure, sometimes requiring mechanical ventilation. It is best to avoid this med if you have chronic bronchitis, a form of copd. If you smoke, you need to quit asap. ...Read more

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What causes chronic bronchitis?

What causes chronic bronchitis?

Smoking...: Chronic bronchitis is a form of COPD usually caused by smoking. Smoking cessation is an important part of disease prevention as well as treatment. ...Read more

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How do you treat chronic bronchitis?

How do you treat chronic bronchitis?

Avoid the cause (s): Cigarettes and pollution are the two biggest contributors. Stop one and avoid the other as much as you can. Treatment is symptomatic; bronchodilators if you are short of breath, steroid inhalers for people who have frequent "exacerbations", antibiotics and oral steroids for acute exacerbations, and yearly influenza vaccination to reduce risk of serious illness. Oh, and did I mention "no smoking? ". ...Read more

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How is chronic bronchitis treated?

Treatment...: Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, is typically treated with bronchodilator and steroid inhalers as well as supplemental oxygen if the oxygen level in the blood is low. Smoking cessation is a necessary part of treatment. There is no cure but symptoms can be managed with therapy so see your doctor for specific treatment as well as diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are some treatments for chronic bronchitis?

What are some treatments for chronic bronchitis?

Treatments...: Treatments for chronic bronchitis include bronchodilator and steroid inhalers. Oxygen therapy is prescribed if the oxygen level in the blood is low enough to warrant it. The most important therapy is smoking cessation in order to slow disease progression. There is no cure. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for chronic bronchitis?

Is there a cure for chronic bronchitis?

No...: Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, is a slowly progressive and incurable disease. Treatments are aimed at controlling symptoms and decreasing airway inflammation. Avoiding smoking is needed to prevent this disease and smoking cessation is needed to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more

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I don't smoke. Can I still get chronic bronchitis?

I don't smoke. Can I still get chronic bronchitis?

Yes: Yes u can if u r exposed to second hand smoke or if u have a chronic lung condition. ...Read more

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Of all the health problems, why would I get chronic bronchitis?

Of all the health problems, why would I get chronic bronchitis?

Do you smoke?: Chronic bronchitis is usually the result of repetitive episodes of acute bronchitis or chronic irritants to the respiratory tract. The most common of these is cigarette smoke, or exposure to toxic fumes. Occasionally there are genetic conditions which create the risk of chronic bronchitis, but these should be discussed with your family doctor or with a pulmonologist. ...Read more

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Is chronic bronchitis a permanent condition?

Yes...: Chronic bronchitis is a form of copd, typically caused by smoking. It is a slowly progressive, incurable disease so, once diagnosed, it is permanent. The way to prevent it is to avoid smoking or quit now if your are smoking. Once diagnosed, smoking cessation will slow disease progression but the disease is incurable. Smoking cessation also decreases the risk of lung cancer and other cancers, too. ...Read more

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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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How can you avoid chronic bronchitis?

How can you avoid chronic bronchitis?

Avoid its causes: Almost all chronic bronchitis in western society is caused by smoking. Other causes include long term use of wood stoves without proper ventilation (quite common in the developing world), pollution in urban centers, and certain agricultural dust exposures. By far, the largest slice of the pie is from cigarette use. This is the thing over which you have the most control. Just. Don't. Smoke. ...Read more

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What is chronic bronchitis?

Type of obstruction: Chronic bronchitis is a type of obstructive lung disease. It is characterized by cough and sputum production for approximately 100 days out of the year (not necessarily consecutive days). Usually the patient has shortness of breath and purulent secretions. ...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 causes chronic bronchitis?

Smoking...: Chronic bronchitis is a form of COPD usually caused by smoking. Smoking cessation is an important part of disease prevention as well as treatment. ...Read more

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How common is chronic bronchitis?

How common is chronic bronchitis?

Very common: In children bronchitis is very common. The most common bronchitis in kids is asthma. Other causes are viral and rarely bacterial in children. ...Read more

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How is chronic bronchitis treated?

Treatment...: Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, is typically treated with bronchodilator and steroid inhalers as well as supplemental oxygen if the oxygen level in the blood is low. Smoking cessation is a necessary part of treatment. There is no cure but symptoms can be managed with therapy so see your doctor for specific treatment as well as diagnosis. ...Read more

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How can I manage chronic bronchitis?

Quit smoking: If you are smoking you should quit. The treatment depends on what kind of symptoms you have-- for wheezing beta agonists, for cough suppressants, fever antibiotics, for excessive mucus mucolytics etc. ...Read more

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How do you treat chronic bronchitis?

Avoid the cause (s): Cigarettes and pollution are the two biggest contributors. Stop one and avoid the other as much as you can. Treatment is symptomatic; bronchodilators if you are short of breath, steroid inhalers for people who have frequent "exacerbations", antibiotics and oral steroids for acute exacerbations, and yearly influenza vaccination to reduce risk of serious illness. Oh, and did I mention "no smoking? ". ...Read more

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How can I address chronic bronchitis?

How can I address chronic bronchitis?

Chronic bronchitis.: Chronic bronchitis is related to a history of smoking, for the most part. Treatment is with medications - mainly inhalers used daily and as needed for symptoms of shortness of breath. Sometimes oral steroids are used when chronic symptoms are more severe, and antibiotics are used for flares thought due to infection. Oxygen sometimes also helpful. ...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