Can Bronchitis Cause Asthma Like Symptoms?

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Definition

Bronchiolitis is swelling and mucus buildup in the smallest air passages in the lungs (bronchioles), usually due to a viral infection.


Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Bronchiolitis usually affects children under the age of 2, with a peak age of 3 - 6 months. It is a common, and sometimes severe illness. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is the most common cause. Other viruses that can cause bronchiolitis include:

  • Adenovirus
  • Influenza
  • Parainfluenza

The virus is transmitted from person to...

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