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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

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Chronic Bronchitis (Definition)

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 ...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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How to tell if I have chronic bronchitis?

How to tell if I have chronic bronchitis?

Diagnosis...: Chronic cough is a form of copd, usually related to smoking. The diagnosis is typically made by the clinical scenario, physical exam and pulmonary function testing. See your doctor so this evaluation can be completed. If diagnosed, part of the treatment includes smoking cessation so if you are smoking, you need to quit asap. ...Read more

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What are the tests for chronic bronchitis?

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 sort of disease is chronic bronchitis?

What sort of disease is chronic bronchitis?

COPD...: Chronic bronchitis is a form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or copd. It is typically caused by smoking and it is slowly progressive. There is no cure but there are treatments available. The best treatment and prevention is smoking cessation. ...Read more

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What cures are available for chronic bronchitis?

What cures are available for chronic bronchitis?

None...: Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, is not curable. Avoiding smoking or quitting asap can avoid the disease or decrease disease progression, if already present. Treatments are available to control symptoms but there is no cure and it is a slowly progressive disease. ...Read more

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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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Can chronic bronchitis be contagious?

No...: Chronic bronchitis is a form of copd. It is usually a result of smoking. There is no infection present in chronic bronchitis. Smoking cessation is important for prevention. ...Read more

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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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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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Chronic bronchitis on a 1 year old boy?

Multiple causes: If your son has had multiple infections of his lungs in the last one year, he requires additional evaluation. Environmental smoke and pollution, the presence of allergies/asthma can be associated w chronic respiratory infections. In addition, reflux and aspiration, retained foreign body and immune defects are other causes to consider. Cystic fibrosis is less common in asia, but possible. ...Read more

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How do doctors treat chronic bronchitis?

How do doctors treat chronic bronchitis?

Bronchodilation: First one must remove all irritants of the bronchi such as cigarette smoking, bedroom dust, animal danders which will keep bronchitis going and if for many months will become chronic bronchitis and injure your bronchi which then becomes a more serious and prolonged problem with increasing difficulty to clear. ...Read more

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Is it true that chronic bronchitis is fatal?

Is it true that chronic bronchitis is fatal?

It can be: Chronic bronchitis, a form of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) occurs in people with serious lung disease, usually due to smoking. It affects the heart as well as the lungs, and can be fatal. Chronic bronchitis should not be confused with repeated episodes of acute bronchitis, which is not necessarily a sign of underlying lung disease. ...Read more

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What's an exacerbation of chronic bronchitis like?

What's an exacerbation of chronic bronchitis like?

Symptoms...: Symptoms of an acute exacerbation of chronic bronchitis include increased shortness of breath and increased cough and sputum production. Many of these episodes are a result of infection so symptoms of infection, like fever and discolored sputum, may also be present. ...Read more

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Constant belching from chronic bronchitis, is this normal?

Constant belching from chronic bronchitis, is this normal?

Can happen: If diaphragmatic pleura (layersof lung) is inflammed, it can produce these symptoms. ...Read more

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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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How long could it take to develop chronic bronchitis from smoking?

As little as...: ...A few days to a week, in a sensitive person. We pediatricians see it all the time in children exposed to secondhand smoke. ...Read more

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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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Is chronic bronchitis ALWAYS fatal? How fatal is chronic bronchitis?

Is chronic bronchitis ALWAYS fatal? How fatal is chronic bronchitis?

Not always fatal.: Chronic bronchitis is chronic, obviously, and progressive but is not universally fatal. There are medications available to improve survival in patients with chronic bronchitis and emphysema. ...Read more

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What is the difference between chronic bronchitis and acute bronchitis?

What is the difference between chronic bronchitis and acute bronchitis?

Etiology...: Acute bronchitis is caused by an infection of the airways whereas chronic bronchitis is a form of copd, usually caused by smoking. ...Read more

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Also, is chronic bronchitis ALWAYS fatal? How fatal is chronic bronchitis?

Nah: Nope, chronic bronchitis is not always fatal. When smoking is associated, there is certainly a higher risk of an associated fatal disease, such as cancer or COPD, of course. ...Read more

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My child has chronic bronchitis but only when in contact with other children. What should we do as precaution?

My child has chronic bronchitis but only when in contact with other children. What should we do as precaution?

Could be allergies: Children can react to changes in the environment as well as to exposure to virus infections. Does this only happen when around children who are coughing, or around adults who are smoking, or around pets, or in certain outdoor environments? Chronic bronchitis sometimes is closely related to allergies or exposure to pollutants such as automobile exhaust or smoke. ...Read more

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I think I may have chronic bronchitis. I developed a cough last year and it is back this fall. I do not smoke. What is the proper adult dosage?

I think I may have chronic bronchitis. I developed a cough last year and it is back this fall. I do not smoke. What is the proper adult dosage?

Don't think so: Chronic bronchitis is when you cough constantly and produce sputum. See http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001153/
if you had an episode last year and now again, that's 2 episodes of acute bronchitis. ...Read more

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Diagnosed w chronic bronchitis as a kid. 32, smoked since 19. Sick for 2-3 mths now. Feels like only getting worse, chest really hurts. Advice???

Diagnosed w chronic bronchitis as a kid. 32, smoked since 19. Sick for 2-3 mths now. Feels like only getting worse, chest really hurts. Advice???

Needs evaluation: Given history of smoking and persistence of symptoms that have not improved over last 2-3 months I would recommend further workup with primary doctor. Need to have comprehensive clinical history, physical exam, and likely chest x-ray to look for any lung pathology. ...Read more

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I've had a cough for two months and was told it was chronic bronchitis. What's the best medicine for bronchitis cause I've been put on different medication and nothing is working?

I've had a cough for two months and was told it was chronic bronchitis. What's the best medicine for bronchitis cause I've been put on different medication and nothing is working?

COPD...: Chronic bronchitis is a form of copd, usually the result of smoking. If you are smoking, it is imperative that you quit and your doctor can help with this. Bronchodilator and steroid inhalers are the mainstay of therapy and other medications can be prescribed, depending on your symptoms. See your doctor for treatment. Antibiotics are only needed if you have signs/symptoms of acute infection. ...Read more

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What are treatments of chronic bronchitis?

What are treatments of chronic bronchitis?

Treatments...: Treatments for chronic bronchitis include bronchodilator and steroid inhalers as well as oxygen if the oxygen level is low enough to warrant it. Other treatments depend on symptoms present. There is no cure. Smoking cessation is needed, if still smoking. ...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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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

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