Bronchitis By: Sarah Treco

Bronchitis is a lung disease. When having Bronchitis it can become harder to breathe. It becomes hard for air to pass in and out your lung.

The lung

Causes: Usually is caused by viruses, can be with or follow a cold or other respiratory. Can also be spread if you touch your mouth, nose, or eyes after coming into contact with respiratory fluids from an infected person. Smoking (even for a short time), being around tobacco smoke, chemical fumes (for a long time), other pollution (for a long time)

Normally starts with a dry cough, but then when starts inflammation.... It may have:

  • Head ache
  • Feeling ill
  • A cough that may bring up white, yellow or green mucus
  • Chills
  • Usually a mild fever
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling sore/tightness in the chest

Being diagnosed: The doctor will recommend that you drink lots of fluids, get rest, and may suggest taking a prescription of cough medicine to relieve your symptoms. But since antibiotics only work against bacteria, and not viruses the doctor may not prescribe an antibiotic.

Prevention:

  • Avoid cigarette smoke. Cigarette smoke increases your risk of chronic bronchitis.
  • Get vaccinated. Many cases of acute bronchitis result from influenza, a virus. Getting a yearly flu vaccine can help protect you from getting the flu. You may also want to consider vaccination that protects against some types of pneumonia.
  • Wash your hands. To reduce your risk of catching a viral infection, wash your hands frequently and get in the habit of using hand sanitizers.
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