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Difference Between Asthma And Bronchitis
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Confused abt difference between asthma & bronchitis. Don't both cause wheezing/phlegm? Must I take meds for asthma if I only have symp's w/bronchitis?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the physiologic difference between asthma, copd, emphysema and bronchitis? How to identify each as an emt? How are they treated?
Emergency situations: As an emt in these cases you primary concern is to make sure the patient can breathe. In asthma, codp emphysema and "chronic bronchitis" a resuce inhaler like albuterol or ipratropium(copd) owuld be your first response. Steroid inhalers are not for rescue situations. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Often confused: Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes. Frequently in smokers, a bacterial infection can be present and antibiotics help. Viral respiratory tract infections can trigger worsening of asthma. With asthma, antibiotics do not help. Anti inflammatory steroids, short acting bronchodilators help. Only rarely is there a bacterial infection that antibiotics help with worsening of asthma. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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