Putting It All Together: Bronchitis

Here is a summary of the important facts and information related to bronchitis.

  • Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes (or bronchi), which are the air passages that extend from the windpipe into the lungs.
  • No matter what their occupation or lifestyle, people who smoke cigarettes are most likely to develop chronic bronchitis.
  • The symptoms of chronic bronchitis include coughing and/or sputum production for three or more years, yellow or green sputum, shortness of breath, and increased cough.
  • There is currently no cure for chronic bronchitis. Treatment is focused on making the symptoms less and trying to prevent further damage.
  • Quitting smoking is the most essential step in treating chronic bronchitis.

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