Bronchitis is an upper respiratory condition in which the mucus membranes within the bronchial passageways grow highly inflamed. With this inflammation, the mucus grows thicker and this makes it more difficult for air to pass through the bronchial passages normally. With the inability to draw a full breath, a cough and other symptoms soon develop.
In most cases, bronchitis is the result of a virus. In many cases, a patient who develops bronchitis first has a viral infection like a common cold or the flu. Bronchitis can also be bacterial in origin. Chronic bronchitis -- the kind that tends to occur at least once a year -- can be caused by environmental exposure to cigarette smoke, air pollution, or chemicals.
A deep cough is the most obvious indicator that you may have bronchitis. Many bronchitis sufferers experience significant pain when they cough, and the pain may linger in the chest even when you're not coughing. You may wheeze, gasp, or otherwise struggle for air when you have bronchitis. Even a very small amount of physical exertion can be exhausting if you're suffering from bronchitis. If you have bronchitis, you may have a discolored or dark mucus discharge when you cough, especially in the case of bacterial bronchitis.
Yes, in the case of bronchitis that's caused by a virus, the illness can be passed to others. With chronic bronchitis caused by cigarette smoking or other preventable factors, the illness isn't contagious.
When bronchitis is caused by a virus, the treatment is mainly concentrated on symptom relief. While you rest and allow your body to recover, there are several things that can help with your symptoms.
Dr. Berger may prescribe cough suppressants to relieve cough, expectorants to dislodge mucus, supplements like vitamin C to help the body fight the virus, and anti-inflammatory medicines such as ibuprofen to relieve pain and inflammation. Bacterial bronchitis patients may take antibiotics, as they can quickly eliminate a bacterial infection. If your bronchitis is caused by chronic cigarette smoking, air pollution, or other environmental exposure, symptom relief and lifestyle changes like smoking cessation may be combined.
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