Chronic bronchitis is a result of chronic irritation to the airways that lead to the lungs, often due to smoking. In this condition cough may be present every day for three months or longer.
Causes for chronic Bronchitis
- Smoking is the commonest cause, and can damage the lungs forever.
- Breathing in toxic fumes or gases.
Symptoms of chronic bronchitis
- Cough on most days for at least three months, for two years in a row
- Feeling very tired
- Feeling short of breath
- Chest discomfort or tightness
Chronic Bronchitis Diagnostic Tests
- X-ray of chest
- Spirometry/Pulmonary function test:
This tests evaluate the functional capacity of the lung.
Is there anything I can do to feel better?
Yes. Stop smoking!
Quitting will slow your disease and help you feel better.
You should also get the influenza vaccine every year and the pneumonia vaccine at east once.
Treating Chronic Bronchitis
Medicines — Inhalers that help open up the airways and reduce swelling in the airways. Sometimes, people need steroids when their symptoms get worse.
Oxygen — If the condition gets worse, some people need to use oxygen for breathing.
Pulmonary rehab — In pulmonary rehab, people learn things they can do to improve their symptoms. They learn exercises and ways to breathe that can help ease symptoms.