Bronchitis is the inflammation of passages in the lungs known as the bronchi. It can either be viral or bacterial in nature. It is classified as either acute or chronic. Acute bronchitis usually lasts one week; however, chronic bronchitis is a long-term ailment that may require significant medical attention. Those who smoke or are exposed to industrial pollutants are more likely to develop chronic bronchitis.
Symptoms of bronchitis include coughing, tightness in the chest, breathlessness and wheezing. If you have bronchitis, get plenty of rest and drink lots of liquids. Avoid smoke as much as possible. If necessary, your doctor may prescribe a bronchodilator or a strong cough syrup that may alleviate the symptoms. Since those with chronic bronchitis are more vulnerable to other illnesses, they should receive regular flu and pneumonia vaccines.
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