Bronchitis

         When the bronchial tubes in the body become inflamed it is known as bronchitis. An ACLS intervention may be required. The bronchial tubes are the tubes that carry air to the lungs. People who suffer from bronchitis usually have a terrible cough and it often brings up mucus. Mucus is produced by the lining of the bronchial tubes and is a slimy substance. Bronchitis can also cause a person to have shortness of breath, chest pains, and may tend to wheeze. Bronchitis can be a life time condition and can often reoccur. There are many types of bronchitis such as allegoric, bacterial, acute, chronic, asthmatic, viral, and tracheobronchitis. However, acute bronchitis and chronic bronchitis are the two most common types.

When the lungs become infected or irritated it causes acute bronchitis. The shared viruses that cause the common cold or flu are the same factors that trigger acute bronchitis. The viruses and germs are easily spread so it is contagious to a certain extent.  Acute bronchitis can last up to several weeks or just for a few days. It all depends on when the infection leaves the body. The PALS course provides some help to pediatric healthcare providers. Some risk factors that may increase your chances of acute bronchitis are exposure to tobacco smoke, dust, fumes, vapors, and air pollution. Second hand smoke can also put you at risk. All of those risk factors can put you at a higher risk and can irritate your lungs. So you can lower your risk of acute bronchitis if you stay away from things that could irritate your lungs. In most cases of acute bronchitis it only last up to a few days. If you think you may have acute bronchitis you should seek a doctor’s attention and get some sort of treatment.

Chronic bronchitis can be very serious and can be an ongoing health issue. Chronic bronchitis occurs when the bronchial tubes are constantly irritated and inflamed. This causes a person to have constant cough with lots of mucus.  The number one cause of chronic bronchitis is smoking. If the body produces viruses or bacteria it can easily infect the bronchial tubes. When a virus or bacteria enters the bronchial tubes it may cause the condition to worsen and last longer. As the condition continues the symptoms may get worse. Since chronic bronchitis can become a serious condition it is important to be diagnosed early in the condition and receive treatment. It is always very important and helpful to quit smoking and avoid other lung irritants. It is very hard and uncommon for people to recovery from serve chronic bronchitis.

When attending a doctor’s office due to acute or chronic bronchitis they will listen to your lungs with a stethoscope. In most cases abnormal sounds are heard and they are known as rales. Some tests that may be done to diagnose bronchitis include chest x-rays, lung function test, pulse oximetry, and sputum samples. When diagnosed with either acute or chronic bronchitis the doctor will determine which treatment would be best for you.