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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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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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What symptoms do people with chronic bronchitis usually have?

What symptoms do people with chronic bronchitis usually have?

Cough ,phlegm: Could be from smoking or other irritants, associated with sinuses too, and mainly smoking.Good time to quit. ...Read more

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Is chronic bronchitis progressive? Does it get worse or go away?

Is  chronic bronchitis progressive?  Does it get worse or go away?

Progressive : COPD tends to be progressive. But inhaled & oral meds, along with smoking cessation, & supplemental oxygen if needed, can significantly slow the progress. Other ills, like heart disease, make it worse. End-stage sign is acute flare up episodes ("exacerbations") requiring more frequent hospital stays. That's the time to focus on life quality over life prolonging care (hospice). Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Can I have normal PFTs and good peak flows with chronic bronchitis?

Can I have normal PFTs and good peak flows with chronic bronchitis?

At age 22, certainly: The lung damage with chronic bronchitis, copd is progressive over time and there's a considerable reserve capacity. Chronic bronchitis is often mucous production as the dominant symptom, not restrictive or obstructive disease (early on). ...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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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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