Bronchitis is a disease that causes inflammation to develop along the lining of your bronchial tubes. These tubes are the airways that lead from your trachea to your lungs, so when they cannot function properly, it is difficult to get oxygen into your body.
Bronchitis affects people in two different forms: acute and chronic.
People with acute bronchitis should see their symptoms disappear after a few days. Those with chronic bronchitis suffer from the long-term recurring bouts of the disease.
What causes bronchitis to develop?
Bronchitis is characterized as an inflammation of your bronchial tubes. This inflammation can be caused by bacteria, viruses and foreign particles getting into your airways.
Acute bronchitis typically develops due to the following:
- Viruses, similar to those that cause the flu
- Smoking cigarettes
- Breathing in dust, asbestos, chemicals and other foreign agents
Chronic bronchitis develops after repetitive bouts of acute bronchitis, as well as smoking and frequent exposure to breathing in foreign agents.
What are the symptoms of bronchitis?
With both forms of bronchitis, you may experience some of the following:
- Persistent dry cough
- Shortness of breath
- Increased mucus production
- Chest pain
If you observe any of the symptoms mentioned above, especially on a recurring visit, you should visit a medical professional. Our team at the Lung Health Institute specializes in developing treatments to assist patients with better breathing and an improved quality of life with lung diseases like chronic bronchitis.
When linked with emphysema, chronic bronchitis functions as COPD, leading to further health complications. Catching chronic bronchitis early on allows healthcare professionals to provide better assistance for managing symptoms and slowing progression toward more severe conditions.
Living with chronic bronchitis
If you’re diagnosed with chronic bronchitis, you still have an opportunity to continue pursuing your daily life and your favorite activities.
Chronic bronchitis cannot be cured, but treatments can assist in reducing inflammation and other symptoms, helping you to Breathe Easier.
Would you like assistance in treating your chronic bronchitis? Contact the patient coordinators at the Lung Health Institute to find out what we may be able to do for you. Our team provides state-of-the-art treatments, such as our anti-inflammatory initiative, which help manage your symptoms and aid in reducing inflammation.