Acute bronchitis isinflammation of the main airways to the lungs called the bronchi. It is usually caused by an infection. Symptomsof acute bronchitis may last several weeks.
See also chronic bronchitis .
Bronchitis - acute
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Acute bronchitis is one of the most common medical conditions seen in a doctor's office. Itisprimarily caused by avirus that infects the respiratory system.There are anumber of different respiratory viruses that can do this, including the rhinovirus, which causes the common cold.
The classic symptoms of bronchitis may mimic a cold. A tickle in the back of the throat progresses into a dry, irritating cough. But as the infection gets worse, a person may cough up thick, yellow mucus thatmay (rarely)be streaked with blood.
Sometimes the symptoms of bronchitisdo not appear until the underlying viral infection has gone away, and a secondary bacteria infection causes ...
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD for short, is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Millions of people have been diagnosed with COPD, and even more may have it and have not yet been diagnosed. It affects both men and women, and occurs most often in middle-aged and older adults.
COPD is a major cause of disability in its most severe stages, but it typically develops slowly over time. Symptoms, which include a chronic cough, chest tightness, wheezing and shortness of breath with activity, may be mild at first, but worsen as airways become more and more damaged. Eventually, symptoms begin to interfere with the activities of daily living, such as walking, cooking and even personal care.
COPD is not contagious, but there is no cure. Lung damage cannot be reversed, even with treatment, but the progression of the disease can be slowed with the proper care and lifestyle changes. This will allow you to feel better and stay more active.
Alternative Names Pneumonia - viral; "Walking pneumonia" - viral Symptoms Symptoms of viral pneumonia often begin slowly and may not be severe at first. The most common symptoms of pneumonia are: Cough (with some pneumonias you may cough up mucus, or even bloody mucus) Fever , which may be mild or high Shaking chills Shortness of breath (may only occur when you climb stairs) Other symptoms include: Confusion, especially in older people Excessive sweating and clammy skin Headache Loss of appetite, low energy, and fatigue Sharp or stabbing chest pain that gets worse when you breathe deeply or cough Fatigue Signs and tests Persons with suspected pneumonia should have a complete medical evaluation, including a thorough physical exam and a chest x-ray -- especially since the physical exam may not always distinguish pneumonia from acute bronchitis or other respiratory infections. Depending on the severity of illness, other tests may be done, including: Complete blood count (CBC) CT scan of the chest Blood cultu...
You should knowAnswers to your question are meant to provide general health information but should not replace medical advice you receive from a doctor. No answers should be viewed as a diagnosis or recommended treatment for a condition. Content posted by community members does not necessarily reflect the views of Remedy Health Media, which also reserves the right to remove material deemed inappropriate.