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Why am I always catching bronchitis? Not a smoker.

Why am I always catching bronchitis? Not a smoker.

Need right meds: You may not be given the right medication.Lots of triggers for so called"bronchitis, reactive airways disease, asthma etc".Oftentimes, patients are treated with several rounds of antibiotics, cough meds suppressants/expectorants to no avail.If you are treated with broncodilators and inhaled steroids, then maybe it was not taken long enough which can cause recurrence/relapses. ...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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What is bronchitis?

Two types...: There are 2 types of bronchitis: acute and chronic. Acute bronchitis is usually due to an infection in the airways whereas chronic bronchitis is a form of COPD and is typically from smoking. The treatments are different as well so see your doctor if you think you may have a form of bronchitis. ...Read more

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What is bronchitis?

What is bronchitis?

Bronchitis: Inflammation within bronchi (airways.) can be viral bacterial and chemical. .Generally manifested as cough with wheezing and sometimes sputum production and fever. ...Read more

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What is bronchitis?

What is bronchitis?

A lung infection: Its an infection of the airway tubes in the lungs and can lead to pneumonia if caused by a virus or bacterium. If caused by smoking it can lead to permanent lung damage such as COPD, which is not reversible. Inhaling industrial chemicals and other substances can do the same. Common in miners and other workers, if not protected. ...Read more

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What helps bronchitis?

What helps bronchitis?

A few things: Drink plenty of fluids. Use cough medicine to help break/bring up the mucus. You can suck on cough drops or hard candies to soothe a dry or sore throat. ...Read more

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What causes bronchitis ?

What causes bronchitis ?

Two types....: There are 2 types of bronchitis: acute and chronic. Acute bronchitis is due to an infection in the airways, usually either bacterial or viral. Chronic bronchitis is a form of copd, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and is usually due to smoking. ...Read more

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Can bronchitis be serious?

Can bronchitis be serious?

Yes...: Acute bronchitis is caused by infection and it is very treatable and is usually not serious. Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, can be life-threatening. It is progressive and not curable so smoking cessation is extremely important to avoid the disease or slow progression if already diagnosed with the disease. ...Read more

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How do I treat bronchitis ?

Acute or chronic...: Acute bronchitis is usually due to an infection. If it is a bacterial infection, antibiotics are usually used but if it is viral, symptoms are treated while the infection runs its course. If it is chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, the treatment consists of bronchodilator and steroid inhalers as well as smoking cessation. Other treatments depend on disease severity. ...Read more

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What can cause bronchitis?

Causes...: Acute bronchitis is usually due to either a bacterial or viral infection. Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, is usually due to smoking. ...Read more