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Bronchitis

Bronchitis is a respitory dieseased characterized by swelling and inflamation of the lungs and bronchial tubes. Over 16 million people in the United States each year are affected by bronchitis, and other repiratory disorders. There is no cure for bronchitis, but treatments are generally effective and widely available.

 

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Some people who work in occupations that expose them to certain dusts that might enter their lungs may be at higher risk for COPD. Coal mining, cotton textile manufacturing, and gold mining are among the occupations considered. But the effects of these occupational exposures are lower than the effects of cigarette smoke...

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Basically, the number one cause of bronchitis, and other COPD's is smoking. However, air pollution and possibly toxic work place hazards are aslo a possible contributor, though no one knows to what extent. Additionally, a small minority of the population might have a genetic disorder that causes COPDs.

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Industrial Bronchitis. A controversial topic, industrial bronchitis is either an entity caused by substances in the workplace, or a misnomer for bronchitis produced by other irritants in various aspects of the worker's life, including cigarette smoking. The medical community does know that bronchitis is much more prevalent in industrialized areas and that occupational lung hazards do contribute to its development.

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This condition is treated with bronchodilators (drugs that widen the breathing passages) and anti-inflammatory drugs delivered with an inhaler. Oxygen may also be administered. Antibiotics may be prescribed to check bacterial infections...

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Chronic bronchitis is permament damage and scaring to the lungs and throat, making breathing difficult and affecting blood oxygen levels. Since it can't be cured, inhalers, antibiotics and anti-inflammatories are used to treat the effects.

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Chronic bronchitis is a persistent inflammation of the bronchial tubes. Mucus cells of the bronchial tree produce excess mucus, and the lungs may become permanently filled with fluid. Eventually, scar tissue from infection replaces the cilia, decreasing the lungs' efficiency...

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Acute bronchitis is usually treated at home with a combination of bed rest; over-the counter pain-relievers like aspirin, Advil, Tylenol, or Motrin to lower the fever; and over-the counter cough medications. Some of these medications (Robitussin, Mucinex) are intended to loosen the mucus in the bronchial passages while others (Benylin, Pertussin) are intended to suppress (quiet) the coughing. Patients should drink plenty of clear fluids to loosen the mucus and use a humidifier or cool-mist vaporizer to reduce the irritation in the bronchi.

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Acute bronchitis is basically a soar throat, execept your lungs are being irritated as well as your throat. The throat is one of teh air passageways that is effected by bronchitis. Everyone has probably suffered from acute bronchitis at least once, and it can be treated by convential over the counter methods.

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Acute bronchitis is essentially a diagnosis of exclusion, which means that the doctor must rule out such other illnesses as influenza, strep throat, pneumonia, whooping cough, or tonsillitis. The diagnosis is based on a combination of the patient's history, including a history of recent upper respiratory tract infections or exposure to others with such infections, and a physical examination. During the physical examination, the doctor will listen to the patient's breathing through a stethoscope...

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Many people suffer brief attacks of acute bronchitis, or inflammations of the airways with fever, coughing, and spitting up mucus (phlegm) when they have colds. Chronic bronchitis denotes long-term spitting and coughing continuing for months and returning each year, lasting longer each time. In chronic bronchitis, the airways have become narrowed and partly clogged with mucus that is not moving along as it should (propelled by cilia)...

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There are two major types of bronchitis - Chornic and Acute. Acute bronchitis can develop into chronic bronchitis if the actue brochinits isn't treated, and the patient continues to inhale or be exposed to harmful substances.

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These two COPDs are not curable, but can be treated. Patients can prevent pulmonary infections and the inhalation of harmful substances, reduce airway obstruction, improve muscle conditioning and use supplemental oxygen.

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Once you've damaged you're airways, they stay damaged, but the effects of that damage can be reduced and mitigated by avoiding harmful inhalants, breathing clean air, and exercising well.

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is difficulty breathing caused by obstruction of airflow in the lungs that is generally not reversible.

The two main diseases included in COPD are emphysema , which is enlargement and destruction of the air sacs of the lungs, and chronic bronchitis , or inflammation and eventual scarring of the airway tubes.

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Inflammation of the bronchial tubes in the lungs means that the lining of the bronchials (mucous membrane) is swollen and tender, usually occurring after an acute cold or respiratory infection in the nasal passageways, sinuses, or throat. Bronchitis occurs most often as a single illness (acute bronchitis), but it can sometimes become chronic bronchitis in which the inflammation occurs several months during the year for at least two consecutive years. Smoking cigarettes or being frequently exposed to other irritants may cause acute bronchitis to develop into a chronic condition...

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Bronchitis is inflammation of the walls that line the tube-like bronchial passages (bronchi, bronchioles) that carry air in and out of the lungs.

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