Is bronchitis serious?

Acute bronchitis is usually not serious. It is very common and is usually mild enough to be treated at home. However, sometimes acute bronchitis develops into a more serious condition, such as pneumonia, especially in people with other health issues. Though this is rare, you should contact your doctor right away if your symptoms get worse. You should also talk to your doctor if you have repeated bouts of acute bronchitis, as this might be a sign that you are developing a more serious condition known as chronic bronchitis. Chronic bronchitis is a serious, long-term illness caused by damage to the bronchial tubes, which are the airways that connect your windpipe (trachea) and your lungs.

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Lung Disease and Respiratory System

Lung Disease and Respiratory System

Diseases, pollutants and genetics can affect your respiratory health. The simple cold - which is caused by more than 200 different viruses - inflames the upper respiratory tract, resulting in a cough, runny nose and sneezing. A mo...

re severe cough combined with mucus is a sign of bronchitis, where the membranes lining the bronchial tubes become inflamed. The inflammatory lung disease asthma affects more than 20 million people, making airways constrict when exposed to irritants like dust, pet dander and cigarette smoke. Pneumonia, another inflammation of the lungs, can occur because of a bacterial or viral infection. People suffering from cystic fibrosis, an inherited lung disease, frequently battle bacterial infections and airways clogged with thick and sticky mucus.

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