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What's acute vs regular bronchitis?
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Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice
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In brief: Starting with "itis"
That -itis in Medicalese only means "inflammation.
" It doesn't explain why. So, an "acute" bronchitis is a sudden inflammation of the bronchi, usually infectious, sometimes allergic. "Chronic" bronchitis is long-term, and is really referring to a form of COPD, the "blue bloater" type w/ mucus production vs. "pink puffer" emphysema. Asthma is sometimes also classified under the COPD umbrella term.

In brief: Starting with "itis"
That -itis in Medicalese only means "inflammation.
" It doesn't explain why. So, an "acute" bronchitis is a sudden inflammation of the bronchi, usually infectious, sometimes allergic. "Chronic" bronchitis is long-term, and is really referring to a form of COPD, the "blue bloater" type w/ mucus production vs. "pink puffer" emphysema. Asthma is sometimes also classified under the COPD umbrella term.
Dr. Erin Robertson
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