Chronic bronchitis is a progressive lung disease that affects the bronchial tubes of your lungs. These tubes are responsible for delivering air from your windpipe into your lungs. Bronchitis causes these tubes to become inflamed, which leads to the buildup of fluid in your lungs.
Chronic bronchitis can occur as an acute disease in your life. Its symptoms may last for only a few days or weeks. However, if the symptoms of the disease persist for long periods of time or recur frequently, you may have chronic bronchitis. Chronic bronchitis often occurs alongside emphysema, which is the formation of COPD.
Bronchitis inhibits your ability to intake the necessary amounts of oxygen to function properly. This makes it difficult for you to participate in physical activities, and eventually, makes it difficult to perform simple daily tasks.
Chronic bronchitis is an incurable disease, but medical treatment can help slow its progression and control its symptoms. If you experience the symptoms of chronic bronchitis, it’s important to seek medical treatment immediately since the disease is more manageable in its earlier stages.
Chronic bronchitis shares the same symptoms as acute bronchitis, but they are prolonged or recurring for months or years at a time.
One of the main causes of chronic bronchitis is smoking cigarettes. However, the disease may be caused by a number of factors, so even if you’re not a smoker, you should seek medical attention for its symptoms.
Those who are in more fragile states of life, such as infants and the elderly, are slightly more at risk for developing bronchitis than others. Regardless of your age, if you’re experiencing bronchitis symptoms, you should seek medical attention.
Bronchitis shares many symptoms with a common cold and other acute respiratory conditions. Your physician will perform a series of tests to determine whether the causes of your symptoms are bronchitis or something else. A big clue is if the symptoms are prolonged or recurring.
For an accurate diagnosis, your physician will also review your medical history, ask you questions about your health and symptoms and discuss smoking and other lifestyle habits.
As mentioned earlier, chronic bronchitis has no cure. Acute bronchitis will usually recede after a few days or weeks.
Your chances of developing chronic bronchitis are reduced if you take steps to avoid irritation of the lungs. If you’re a smoker, quitting will greatly reduce your risk for chronic bronchitis.
If you work in an environment with lots of dust, smoke, chemicals or asbestos, you should follow safety procedures and wear proper safety equipment. Working unprotected in these environments increases your risk of chronic bronchitis.
Additionally, you should get vaccinated regularly and follow good hygiene practices to help avoid catching infections that could lead to bronchitis.
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Chronic bronchitis is an inflammation of the tubes that carry air to the lungs. Read this informative guide to learn more.
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