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feb 20, 2014

Bronchitis

Many times we’ve been alarmed by that persistent cough that won’t leave us alone; we can tell you what to do about that.

Bronchitis is the inflammation of the tissue that covers the bronchial conducts ,which connect the trachea to the lungs. This delicate tissue produces mucus, covers and protects the respiratory system, organs and tissues related to the breathing process. When a person suffers from bronchitis it can be harder for the air to make its natural way in and out of the lungs; the tissues get irritated and as a consequence, more mucus is produced. The most common symptom of bronchitis is cough.

Bronchitis can be acute or chronic One of the medical conditions happens fast and can cause severe symptoms, but is has a short duration (less than a few weeks). Acute bronchitis is caused by a number of viruses that can affect the respiratory tract and attack the bronchial conduits. The infection that some bacteria cause can also cause acute bronchitis. Most people suffer from acute bronchitis at some point in their lives.

On the other hand, chronic bronchitis can be mild or severe, and lasts longer –from several months to years. With acute bronchitis, the bronchial tubes keep swelling (red or swollen), irritated, and with time produce excess mucus. The most common cause for acute bronchitis is smoking.

Symptoms of bronchitis:

  • Cough that can bring thick mucus and can be white, yellow or greenish.
  • Headache.
  • General discomfort of being ill.
  • Chills.
  • Fever (usually mild).
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Snoring or a feeling of oppression in the chest.
  • Whistling in the chest (wheezing), forced breathing.

If you feel or think you have any of these symptoms consult your doctor and if you’re an active smoker try to avoid tobacco.