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Is chronic bronchitis a permanent condition?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes...

Chronic bronchitis is a form of copd, typically caused by smoking.
It is a slowly progressive, incurable disease so , once diagnosed, it is permanent. The way to prevent it is to avoid smoking or quit now if your are smoking. Once diagnosed, smoking cessation will slow disease progression but the disease is incurable. Smoking cessation also decreases the risk of lung cancer and other cancers, too.

In brief: Yes...

Chronic bronchitis is a form of copd, typically caused by smoking.
It is a slowly progressive, incurable disease so , once diagnosed, it is permanent. The way to prevent it is to avoid smoking or quit now if your are smoking. Once diagnosed, smoking cessation will slow disease progression but the disease is incurable. Smoking cessation also decreases the risk of lung cancer and other cancers, too.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Lorne Campbell Sr.
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Chronic bronchitis is a permanent condition.
It generally has relapses that periodically occur. To prevent relapses people need to stop smoking and take medication as prescribed.

In brief: Yes

Chronic bronchitis is a permanent condition.
It generally has relapses that periodically occur. To prevent relapses people need to stop smoking and take medication as prescribed.
Dr. Lorne Campbell Sr.
Dr. Lorne Campbell Sr.
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine

In brief: Yes

Chronic bronchitis is a component of copd, the other being emphysema.
These are permanent conditions related to cigarette smoking. While there are medications to treat these conditions, they are unfortunately not curable.

In brief: Yes

Chronic bronchitis is a component of copd, the other being emphysema.
These are permanent conditions related to cigarette smoking. While there are medications to treat these conditions, they are unfortunately not curable.
Dr. Dean Giannone
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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Family Medicine

In brief: No

Not always. This really depends on the cause--some chronic bronchitis is due to an infection, and the body simply needs time to recover. Some chronic bronchitis is inflammatory, and this can be treated as well.
Chronic bronchitis can go from 1 month to several months.

In brief: No

Not always. This really depends on the cause--some chronic bronchitis is due to an infection, and the body simply needs time to recover. Some chronic bronchitis is inflammatory, and this can be treated as well.
Chronic bronchitis can go from 1 month to several months.
Dr. Andrew Carroll
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