Bronchitis is a lot more common than many assume. Colds and flus will often turn into bronchitis, and people will just call it a “chest cold.” This chest cold is really inflammation of the lining of bronchial tubes. Bronchial tubes are the air’s pathway in and out of your lungs. When they become inflamed, the tubes produce excess mucus, clogging the airways. Bronchitis is most associated with an aggressive cough as the lungs seek to free themselves from the presence of the mucus.
Type of Bronchitis
Bronchitis is generally broken down into two broad types.
Chronic bronchitis is a serious, long-term medical problem, usually associated with smoking. Smokers breathe in pollutants directly to their lungs many times a day, which causes chronic inflammation. Chronic bronchitis is either a constant presence or a condition that comes and goes throughout the year. Chronic bronchitis is also considered one type of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).
Acute bronchitis is bronchial inflammation that appears, usually during an illness, and then will clear up shortly after. Unlike chronic bronchitis, it does not require lifelong treatment.
Bronchitis, whether chronic or acute, has similar symptoms. Sufferers will generally have:
- Tightness in the chest
- Excessive mucus production
- Persistent coughing
If you or your loved ones have symptoms of bronchitis, you should see a health provider. Urgent Specialists are experienced in treating both chronic and acute bronchitis and will be happy to help your family.