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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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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Bronchitis (Definition)

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi (airways that carry air from the trachea to the more distal parts of the lungs, or bronchioles). Bronchitis may be caused by either viral or bacterial infections, and is treated with antibiotics , steroids, inhaled bronchodilators, or mucolytics. Bronchitis can be acute or chronic. The latter is usually associated with smoking and may be part of COPD. Both acute and chronic bronchitis can lead to other serious conditions, including pneumonia with ...Read more


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Life expectancy of chronic bronchitis?

Life expectancy of chronic bronchitis?

Chronic bronchitis: Life expectancy would depend upon the cause, severity and adequacy of management of chronic bronchitis and its affects on the pulmonary function of the person affected. Although sure that all factors taken into consideration would reduce the overall live-expectancy over those without this condition, each individual is different. We all die of something. ...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 can I manage chronic bronchitis?

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?

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

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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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Is chronic bronchitis a permanent condition?

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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What should I do about chronic bronchitis.?

What should I do about chronic  bronchitis.?

Treatment...: Chronic bronchitis is a form of copd. If you are still smoking, you need to quit. Treatment includes bronchodilator and steroid inhalers as well as oxygen therapy, if your oxygen level is low. You need to see your doctor for treatment as other treatment depends on your symptoms. There is no cure and it is a slowly progressive disease so see your doctor. ...Read more

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Chronic Bronchitis (Definition)

Chronic bronchitis is a lung condition characterized by inflammation of the medium-sized lung airways. The clinical definition of chronic bronchitis is having a persistent cough that produces sputum three or more months in a row for ...Read more


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