What are bronchial asthma and chronic bronchitis?

Different Conditions. Bronchial Asthma is chronic Inflamatory disease of the airways&causes episodes of Bronchospasm causing cough,Wheezing&shortness of breath which is reversible with use of Bronchodilaters like Albuterol Chronic Bronchitis is inflammation&irritation of the airways and is irreversible even with use of Bronchodilatrs like Albuterol and it produces excessive mucus and cough persist more than3months/year.
Indeed. Although both conditions involve inflammation in the airways, asthma is associated with airway constriction often related to allergy. People with asthma often have wheezing, shortness of breath, and coughing. Chronic bronchitis is usually associated with tobacco smoking (not allergy) and the symptoms consist mainly of a wet cough (phlegm production).

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Difference between bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema in terms of lung?

Lung. Ask a pulmonologist. This question is too broad. We can have ground rounds on this question and not have an answer. As a pcp i try to help you based on your symptoms and medical history. Since you have a complex question, then i prefer you see a pulmonologist. Again, regardless of a specific answer, treatment are many times similar. Good luck. Read more...
Difference... Asthma is characterized by recurrent, reversible airway obstruction. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are both forms of COPD and are characterized by irreversible airway obstruction usually caused by smoking. Now, COPD patients can also have a reversible airway obstruction component and asthmatics can develop an irreversible component over time so there is overlap in this definition. Read more...

What is the difference in symptoms between asthma and chronic bronchitis?

Difference... Asthma is characterized by acute, recurrent episodes of reversible bronchospasm and airway inflammation whereas in chronic bronchitis, the airway obstruction is chronic and not fully reversible. Read more...

Did the chronic bronchitis cause my asthma? I had bronchitis for 3 months straight this year and asthma ever since. If yes, then how did this happen?

May be all asthma. Bronchitis lasting 3 months for one year is not chronic bronchitis. Without having all clinical data it is very difficult for me to determine what exactly you had for 3 months. Asthma may develop after infections of the bronchial tree, particularly after viral and certain bacterial infections. If you haven't yet, see an asthma specialist. Read more...

Is asthma related to getting chronic bronchitis?

No.... Chronic bronchitis is a form of copd, usually caused by smoking. Unless the asthmatic is also a smoker, they are not at increased risk of developing chronic bronchitis. Read more...

I've been diagnosed with both chronic bronchitis and asthma and was wondering what the early signs of COPD are? My asthma has been gradually worsening

Asthma & bronchitis. Asthma and chrinic bronchitis are the early symptoms of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). If you are a smoker the time to quit is NOW. The first step at your age is to get your asthma under good control and the chronic bronchitis should improve. Consultation with a pulmonologist would be helpful. Read more...
Quit smoking. Even a single cigarette would impact your lung adversely so that's one thing you must do right now. The early sign of COPD is that your airway obstruction has become irreversible but I think you are still at an age when stopping smoking may reverse the trend. Smoking also reduces your airway's response to inhaled steroid as well. Quit and you'll be glad that you did. Read more...

I have just been to my doctor and was told I have early stage chronic bronchitis, I also have asthma, is it wise to go to work?

Probably yes. Depends on the type of work you do. If you are breathing ok and you feel like going to work, then you should be fine. Also if you work in a dusty/polluted environment, you may want to change your working environment. Most importantly, STOP smoking if you are a smoker. Read more...
Why not ? This is not something you can spread to others. Some degree of it is likely to persist for the remainder of your life, so your decision becomes more how do you work with it. Asthma itself can appear in adults to have many of the features of chronic bronchitis, so your label may change slightly but your limits should not. Read more...