Chronic Bronchitis

Chronic Bronchitis is a chronic, severe lung disease that is part of COPD. Chronic bronchitis is a long-term severe disease, rather than the more common acute type of bronchitis such as in a viral respiratory infection. Chronic bronchitis is caused by cigarette smoke, other inhaled irritants, or chronic inflammation ...

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Introduction: Chronic Bronchitis

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes, the airways that carry air to your lungs. It causes a cough that often brings up mucus. It can also cause shortness of breath, wheezing, a low fever, and chest tightness. There ...1

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Symptoms of Chronic Bronchitis

The signs and symptoms of chronic bronchitis include coughing, wheezing, and chest discomfort. The coughing may produce large amounts of mucus. This type of cough often is called a smoker's cough. ...Source: NHLBI (NIH)2 ...

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Complications of Chronic Bronchitis

Viruses or bacteria can easily infect the irritated bronchial tubes. If this happens, the condition worsens and lasts longer. As a result, people who have chronic bronchitis have periods when symptoms get much worse than usual. ...Source: NHLBI (NIH)3 ...

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Causes of Chronic Bronchitis

Chronic bronchitis is an ongoing, serious condition. It occurs if the lining of the bronchial tubes is constantly irritated and inflamed, causing a long-term cough with mucus. Smoking is the main cause of chronic bronchitis. ...Source: NHLBI (NIH)4 ...

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Causes List for Chronic Bronchitis

Some possible causes of Chronic Bronchitis or similar disorders may include:5

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Treatments: Chronic Bronchitis

If you have chronic bronchitis and also have been diagnosed with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), you may need medicines to open your airways and help clear away mucus. These medicines include bronchodilators (inhaled) and steroids (inhaled or pill form) ...6

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Diagnosis

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References

  1. Source: MedLinePlus (NIH): medlineplus.gov/ chronicbronchitis.html
  2. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ brnchi/ signs
  3. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ brnchi
  4. ibid.
  5. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  6. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ brnchi/ treatment

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