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Bronchitis or asthma: how do you know which one your young child is suffering from?

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Dr. Martin Ostro
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Martin Ostro
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Dr. HARRY OPSIMOS
Pediatrics - Pulmonology
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In brief: Likely asthma

Bronchitis is not that common in children, so if you were to "choose" between the two, it is likely asthma.
But your pediatrician may need to evaluate the child and the symptoms.

In brief: Likely asthma

Bronchitis is not that common in children, so if you were to "choose" between the two, it is likely asthma.
But your pediatrician may need to evaluate the child and the symptoms.
Dr. HARRY OPSIMOS
Dr. HARRY OPSIMOS
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