Chronic bronchitis is a form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, and can have a debilitating effect on your daily activities by impairing the basic functioning of your lungs. As opposed to acute bronchitis, which lasts a short period of time, chronic bronchitis is an inflammation of the breathing tubes in the lungs lasting 3 months or longer.
Chronic bronchitis symptoms are typically the result of irritation of the delicate lining of the bronchial tubes in one or both lungs. This irritation leads to excess mucus production, which is the primary underlying cause of the symptoms that most people experience. While chronic bronchitis is not curable, there are many treatment options that can help you successfully manage chronic bronchitis and enjoy a better quality of life.
By having a better understanding of the specific symptoms to look for, you can work more closely with your doctor to develop an effective, individualized treatment plan.
Here are the primary symptoms that chronic bronchitis sufferers generally contend with:
If you’ve been experiencing these symptoms for more than 3 weeks, it’s possible that you have a case of chronic bronchitis that requires diagnosis and treatment from a medical professional.
Since chronic bronchitis is often smoking-related, one of the first recommendations for patients who smoke is to immediately start a cessation plan. Other treatments include cough suppressants, oral steroids, bronchodilators, an anti-inflammatory diet and respiratory therapy.
At Lung Health Institute, we offer treatment options for chronic bronchitis that include our customized Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™ plans and cellular therapy. Both of which are designed to restore lung functioning and help with long-term symptom management.
Take the next step to find relief. Contact one of our patient coordinators today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.
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