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Bronchitis

20 Mar 2012
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OVERVIEW

Bronchitis is a condition in which the main air passages of the lungs become inflamed and infected, causing coughing and excess mucous.

Causes

Causes of bronchitis can include:

  • Viral infection
  • Bacterial infection
  • Breathing in substances that are irritating to the airways (e.g. smog, tobacco smoke, chemicals in household products)

 

Symptoms
  • Chest discomfort or pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Excess mucous after coughing (if yellow/green in colour, it is likely that the infection is bacterial)
  • Fatigue
  • Low-grade fever

 

Treatment
  • Self-management (rest, staying hyrdrated, using pain relief if necessary)
  • Avoid smoking
  • Antibiotics prescribed by a GP

 

Generally bronchitis isn't a serious condition in health people, and can often go away on its own. If symptoms are bad or persistent, you should consult your general practitioner.

 

VIDEOS

 


Video: What is bronchitis?

 

 


Video: Bronchitis Health Byte

 

RESOURCES & SUPPORT

Local

Asthma Foundation – Acute Bronchitis

 

International

Best Health BMJ – Bronchitis
NHS – Bronchitis

 

RESEARCH

British Medical Journal
Journal of the American Medical Association
The Lancet

 

FORUMS

Topix.com – Bronchitis Forum
CureZone – Bronchitis & Lung Infections Support Forum

 

 

DISCLAIMER
The information above is of a general nature and is designed to provide you with an overview of the topic, with links to local and international resources that may be of interest.  We do our best to ensure that this information is accurate and up to date.

You should always, however, seek specific professional medical advice, treatment and care appropriate to you, and as such we strongly recommend you consult with your general practitioner first.

 

 

Updated April 2012
Image source: Wikipedia – Bronchi