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Chronic Bronchitis

Do you have chronic bronchitis?#

Chronic bronchitis is caused by bronchial wall injury due to inflammation and mucus production, resulting in difficulties during inspiration and expiration. Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are part of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Treatment for chronic bronchitis consists of bronchodilators, theophylline, and if necessary glucocorticosteroids. Patients can easily become cyanotic and are referred to as “blue bloaters” or "blue puffers."

Signs and symptoms also include:#

  • wheezing (difficulties during exhaling and inhaling)
  • fatigue
  • fever
  • chills
  • chest discomfort
  • sinus congestion
  • productive cough
  • swelling in arms and legs, and distention of neck veins
  • bad breath

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