Bronchitis Slideshow

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.

X-ray of the chest.

Acute bronchitis usually comes on quickly and gets better after several weeks.

Illustration showing a normal bronchial tube and an inflamed bronchial tube with build-up of mucus.

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.

Image of normal airway color and architecture (left) and airway of a child with chronic bronchitis showing erythema, loss of normal architecture, and swelling.

If you are a smoker and come down with acute bronchitis, it will be much harder for you to recover.

A person lighting a cigarette and smoking.

Approximately 90% of cases of acute bronchitis are viral infections, while 10% are bacterial.

A man suffering from acute bronchitis and coughing.

Chronic bronchitis may be caused by one or several factors, but the primary cause is heavy, long-term cigarette smoking.

A smoking cigarette, industrial pollution, and a coal miner.

Know the symptoms of bronchitis.

A man holding his chest and coughing.

Know when it's time to call your doctor.

A nurse receiving a call for an appointment to see the doctor.

Home treatment for bronchitis.

A man lying in bed with bronchitis about to have his temperature taken.

Your doctor can easily detect and diagnose bronchitis by examination.

A doctor listening to a patient‘s chest with a stethoscope.

Treatment for acute bronchitis may consist of rest, lots of fluids, avoiding smoke and fumes, and medications.

A man resting with fluids and medicine by his bed recovering from bronchitis.

In severe cases of chronic bronchitis, inhaled or oral steroids may be recommended to reduce inflammation.

A man with chronic bronchitis using an inhaler.

In severe cases of chronic bronchitis with COPD your doctor may prescribe oxygen therapy.

A man with chronic bronchitis and COPD on oxygen therapy.

Simple tips can help you reduce your risk of getting bronchitis.

A broken cigarette, cough expectorant, woman resting in bed and person washing their hands.

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