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Primary Versions of Bronchitis
The following are two primary versions of bronchitis (inflammation/disease of the bronchi):
Acute bronchitis is usually a viral transient infection of the bronchi that is self-resolving and characterized by coughing that lasts from five days to three weeks. It is treated symptomatically, and antibiotics or steroids have little effect on the course of the illness.
Chronic bronchitis is not transient and is a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
What exactly is COPD?
According to the Global initiative for chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (G.O.L.D.) report of 2017, COPD is as follows:
“A common, preventable, and treatable disease that is characterized by persistent respiratory symptoms and airflow limitation that is due to airway and/or alveolar abnormalities usually caused by significant exposure to noxious particles or gases. The chronic airflow limitation that characterizes COPD is caused by a mixt ...
Acute bronchitis is a temporary condition that is usually viral and, as the name suggests, involves the bronchi. Unless it is complicated by pneumonia, which is rare, it usually resolves spontaneously. Treatment for just the symptoms usually suffices.
Chronic bronchitis, on the other hand, is a significantly different condition and is a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Treatment for it and COPD conditions requires more aggressive management due to how severely these conditions jeopardize one’s health.
The main feature of acute bronchitis is a cough that will persist from five days to several weeks, with an average duration of 18 days. Such a persistent cough can strain the intercostal muscles, which are chest muscles between the ribs, or can even strain portions of one’s diaphragm. Pain from inflamed intercostal muscles or the diaphragm can be addressed with NSAIDs if this were to happen. In the absence of these speci ...
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