Reviewed by Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD on Thursday, March 19, 2009
Bronchitis is a respiratory disease in which the mucous
membranes of the bronchial passages in the lungs become inflamed.
Chronic bronchitis is defined clinically as a daily cough with production of mucus for at least a 3-month period, two years in a row.
Chronic bronchitis may be caused by one or several factors, but the primary cause is heavy, long-term cigarette smoking.
Treatment for acute bronchitis may consist of rest, lots of fluids, avoiding smoke and fumes, and medications.
In severe cases of chronic bronchitis, inhaled or oral steroids may be recommended to reduce inflammation.
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