What Is Bronchitis?
Bronchitis is a disease that causes the mucus membrane in the lung’s bronchial passages to become inflamed, resulting in coughing spells. Sometimes, these coughing spells can be accompanied by breathlessness or phlegm. If the disease lasts from 1-3 weeks it is classed as acute. If it lasts at least 3 months for 2 years in a row, it is classed as chronic.
Symptoms include a frequent cough that produces mucus, a wheezing sound when breathing, a lack of energy and sometimes a fever. You should consult a doctor in particular if you have a fever, a cough that lasts more than 2-3 weeks, if your mucus includes blood or is thick or colored, or if you have chest pain, wheezing or any difficulty breathing. These could be signs of other diseases, so it is worth getting a proper diagnosis.
What Causes Bronchitis?
In most cases, the upper respiratory infection is caused by a virus, like the common cold, and results in acute bronchitis, but sometimes it is caused by bacteria. Chronic bronchitis is normally caused by smoking or other industrial pollutants, and smoking can also make acute bronchitis worse. Smoking and chronic bronchitis can develop into COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).
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