Bronchitis and Chemical Bronchitis

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Treatment of bronchitis due to a pure viral infection is directed toward the relief of symptoms. But frequent, secondary infections by bacteria complicate the condition.

Bronchitis and Chemical Bronchitis

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the membrane that lines the air passages or bronchial tubes in the lungs. It results in the narrowing of these air passages. Bronchitis may be of the acute or chronic type. Irritation of mucus producing glands within the membrane results in the production of excess bronchial secretions and excessive coughing.
The main symptoms of bronchitis are cough and increased expectoration of sputum, with or without associated wheezing and shortness of breath. The patients may suffer from additional symptoms, such as chest discomfort, fever, and aching.
Acute Bronchitis is usually caused by infection by one of the many viruses that cause common cold or influenza. It is also frequent associated with measles. Chronic Bronchitis is due to prolonged irritation of the bronchial membrane. It causes cough and the excessive secretion of mucus for extended periods. Patients with chronic bronchitis may be subjected to recurrent infections with influenza and pneumonia.
Chemical Bronchitis has similar characteristics and symptoms as the ordinary bronchitis. It only differs in the causes.
Acute Chemical Bronchitis may be caused by the inhalation of irritating fumes, such as smoke, chlorine, ammonia, and ozone. The most common cause of chemical bronchitis is smoking. The smoke and particulates coming from the cigarettes irritate the bronchial tubes and bronchioles. Air pollution and industrial fume also cause bronchitis.
Pulmonary Emphysema often coexists with chemical bronchitis. This disease causes the lungs to collapse. Over a long period of time the patient may suffer from increasing breathlessness, decreasing exercise tolerance, and finally total disability. In most severe cases, the patient may have a blue, bloated appearance, and a fatal heart disease, known as corpulmonale.
Treatment of bronchitis due to a pure viral infection is directed toward the relief of symptoms. But frequent, secondary infections by bacteria complicate the condition. In such cases, the patient’s sputum may turn from white to yellow. This sputum is referred to as purulent or pus-containing. It is treated with various antibiotics.
Chemical Bronchitis may be prevented by living in less-polluted areas. Avoiding the inhalation of industrial dusts and gases, gases from poor conditioned car engines, and cigarette smoke and solvents can help relieve common bronchitis and chemical bronchitis.
DPT, a vaccine for whooping cough, in combination with other children’s diseases is available for children. DPT is a combined vaccine against diphtheria, pertussis or whooping cough, and tetanus. For full protection, a child needs to have three injections at 4 week-intervals. And early start with DPT reduces the change of sever pertussis.


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author avatar Denise O
27th Oct 2010 (#)

Great info.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar clandestinef
29th Oct 2010 (#)

Thanks Denise...

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author avatar Kinyua
4th Aug 2014 (#)

Sputum turning from white to yellow is not indicative of a bacterial infection. White blood cells are the cause of this change in color and they are produced for any infection be it viral or bacterial.

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