Bronchitis is inflammation of the main air passages to the lungs. Bronchitis may be short-lived (acute) or chronic, meaning that it lasts a long time and often recurs.
Inflammation - bronchi; Acute bronchitis
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Acute bronchitis generally follows a viral
People at risk for acute bronchitis include:
- The elderly, infants, and young children
- Persons with heart or lung disease
Chronic bronchitis is a long-term condition. People have a cough that produces excessive mucus. To be diagnosed with chronic bronchitis, you must have a cough with mucus most days of the month for at least 3 months.
Chronic bronchitis is one type of
The following things can make bronchitis worse:
- Air pollution
- Certain occupations (such as coal mining, textile manufacturing, or grain handling)