Acute Bronchitis


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The termbronchitis refers to inflammation of the major air passageways in the lungs,the bronchi. There are two principal types of bronchitis: acute bronchitis andchronic bronchitis. The latter is closely related to emphysema and isdiscussed in the article Chronic ObstructivePulmonary Disease (COPD) . Acute bronchitis, the subject of thisarticle, is a condition that frequently develops during the course of a commoncold. Symptoms may include cough (dry or productive), sensation of heaviness inthe chest, and difficulty breathing. In recent years, it hasbecome clear that, in many cases, symptoms of bronchitis represent temporaryasthma brought on by a respiratory infection. For this reason, anti-asthmadrugs are now commonly a major component of treatment. Antibiotics may be usedas well.

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