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COMPLETE AND COMPREHENSIVE Bronchitis

Bronchitis

What is Bronchitis?

Bronchitis is one of the most common medical conditions affecting the lungs of a patient. The illness is caused mostly by viral infection however, one in every ten cases of bronchitis is usually caused by bacterial infection. The condition can affect anyone but for Infants, the elderly, people and young children the risk for acute bronchitis is much higher than for people in other age groups. For chronic bronchitis, people of all age groups can develop the illness but statistics have shown that for people aged 45 and older, the risk is higher. Additionally, most chronic bronchitis cases occur due to long-term smoking and the ratio of males to females developing the condition is two to one, therefore females are twice as likely as males to get chronic bronchitis.

Types of bronchitis

There are two main types of bronchitis which are:

  • Acute bronchitis- It is the most common type and symptoms last not more than a few weeks and generally is not a matter of concern
  • Chronic bronchitis- it is more serious than acute and keeps coming back. It doesn’t go away easily and might take weeks, or even a few months

Symptoms of bronchitis

Here are the most common bronchitis symptoms:

  • Chest congestion
  • Cough filled with mucus and is green, yellow, or white
  • Whistling or wheezing sounds while breathing
  • Low fever
  • Sore throat
  • Runny and stuffy nose
  • Always feeling wiped out

Bronchitis causes

There are different bronchitis causes and they are:

  • Bacteria- These include mycoplasma, pneumonia, Bordetella pertussis, and chlamydia pneumonia
  • Smoking- It includes cigarettes, marijuana or cannabis
  • Pollution
  • Viruses- Such as respiratory syncytial virus, adenovirus, rhinovirus, influenza, and coronavirus

Diagnosis of bronchitis

The healthcare professional will initiate physical assessment first and based on the health history including symptoms he/she might order the following tests for bronchitis diagnosis:

  • Chest X-ray
  • Nasal swab
  • Blood tests
  • Sputum tests
  • Pulmonary function tests

Bronchitis treatment

Most cases of bronchitis improve without treatment within a few days or weeks. However, in certain cases, there might be a requirement for bronchitis treatment. The condition is usually not treated with medications generally, but here are some options given by a healthcare professional:

  • Antiviral medications
  • Bronchodilators
  • Cough suppressants
  • Antibiotics
  • COPD/Asthma treatment

Why should you choose Rukmani Birla Hospital for Bronchitis treatment?

Rukmani Birla Hospital, Jaipur is one of the renowned and incomparable multi-speciality hospitals delivering unique healthcare services to its patients. We are also famous for NABH accreditation and the hospital is armed with advanced medical technologies. We endeavour to offer services that are not only reasonable to our patients but also satisfactory. With the support of our knowledgeable and highly-skilled specialists, we aim to provide healthcare services to each individual around the city. If you are looking for bronchitis treatment, then we are your finest choice. So, book an appointment or physically visit us, further our healthcare team will take care of everything for you.

FAQs

What is allergic bronchitis?

Allergic bronchitis is bronchi inflammation caused by an allergen or if someone is allergic to something. The trigger of this bronchitis is dust, pollen, and mold including smoking.

What is the best medicine for bronchitis?

Albuterol is one of the most common medicines used to treat bronchitis.

Can a blood test detect bronchitis?

Yes, blood tests are commonly used for diagnosing bronchitis. There are other tests which can also be used such as breathing and imaging tests.

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