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Industrial bronchitis

  • Definition

    Industrial bronchitis is swelling (inflammation) of the large airways of the lungs that occurs in some people who work around certain dusts, fumes, smoke, or other substances.

    See also:

    • Acute bronchitis
    • Bronchitis
    • Chronic bronchitis

    Alternative Names

    Occupational bronchitis


    Causes, incidence, and risk factors

    Exposure to dusts, fumes, strong acids, and other chemicals in the air causes this type of bronchitis. Smoking may also contribute.

    You may be at risk if you are exposed to dusts such as:

    • Asbestos
    • Coal
    • Cotton
    • Flax
    • Silica
    • Talc