Bronchitis

Bronchitis is the inflammation of the airways leading to the lungs, called the “bronchi”. The term “bronchitis” is usually used to refer to acute bronchitis, which is a typical complication of the numerous respiratory viral infections, such as the common cold, flu, etc. Acute bronchitis has symptoms such as runny nose ...

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Introduction: Bronchitis

Antibiotics are almost never needed for bronchitis, a condition that occurs when the airways in the lungs swell and produce mucus, which causes a person to cough. While there are many different types of bronchitis, the following information is specific ...1

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Symptoms of Bronchitis

People who have bronchitis often have a cough that brings up mucus. Mucus is a slimy substance made by the lining of the bronchial tubes. Bronchitis also may cause wheezing (a whistling or squeaky sound when you breathe), chest pain or discomfort ...2

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Causes of Bronchitis

Causes: Acute bronchitis, or chest cold, often occurs after an upper respiratory infection like a cold, and is usually caused by a viral infection. The most common viruses that cause acute bronchitis include:

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Causes List for Bronchitis

Some possible causes of Bronchitis or similar disorders may include:3

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Types of Bronchitis

The two main types of bronchitis are acute (short term) and chronic (ongoing). Acute Bronchitis Infections or lung irritants cause acute bronchitis. The same viruses that cause colds and the flu are the most common cause of acute bronchitis. These ...4

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Diagnosis of Bronchitis

How Is Bronchitis Diagnosed? Your doctor usually will diagnose bronchitis based on your signs and symptoms. He or she may ask questions about your cough, such as how long you've had it, what you're coughing up, and how ...5

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Risk Factors for Bronchitis

Who Is at Risk for Bronchitis? Elderly people, infants, and young children are at higher risk for acute bronchitis than people in other age groups. People of all ages can develop chronic bronchitis, but it occurs more often in people ...6

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Misdiagnosis: Bronchitis

Acute bronchitis: Diagnosis of acute bronchitis requires the consideration of a number of other respiratory infections. Some of the possibilities include the diseases listed here. Some of these are usually harmless, whereas some of them can be serious.

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Treatments: Bronchitis

How Is Bronchitis Treated? The main goals of treating acute and chronic bronchitis are to relieve symptoms and make breathing easier. If you have acute bronchitis, your doctor may recommend rest, plenty of fluids, and aspirin (for adults) or acetaminophen ...7

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Prevention of Bronchitis

How Can Bronchitis Be Prevented? You can't always prevent acute or chronic bronchitis. However, you can take steps to lower your risk for both conditions. The most important step is to quit smoking or not start smoking. For more information ...8

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Names and Terminology

Other Names for Bronchitis

Source: NHLBI (NIH)9 ...

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References

  1. Source: CDC: cdc.gov/ getsmart/ community/ for-patients/ common-illnesses/ bronchitis.html
  2. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ brnchi
  3. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  4. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ brnchi
  5. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ brnchi/ diagnosis
  6. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ brnchi/ atrisk
  7. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ brnchi/ treatment
  8. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ brnchi/ prevention
  9. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ brnchi/ names

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