Chronic Bronchitis

Chronic Bronchitis: What You Need to Know

Chronic bronchitis is a condition in which the bronchial tubes become regularly irritated and inflamed, leading to a cough that produces mucus. It is usually a long-term condition, and cannot be cured.

Common symptoms of chronic bronchitis include:

  • a persistent cough that produces mucus
  • shortness of breath
  • wheezing
  • chest pain or tightness
  • low fever

The main cause of chronic bronchitis is smoking tobacco. However, other sources such as secondhand smoke, air pollution, and chemical irritants may also increase the risk of developing the condition.

Chronic bronchitis is usually treated with medications such as steroids, bronchodilators, and antibiotics. In some cases, therapies such as oxygen therapy, chest physiotherapy, or pulmonary rehabilitation may be recommended. Additionally, lifestyle changes such as avoiding smoking and harmful irritants may help to reduce symptoms.

It is important to speak to your doctor if you think you may have chronic bronchitis. They will be able to diagnose the condition and provide advice on how to manage it.