Chronic Bronchitis - Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor should I consult for bronchitis?

A pulmonologist should be consulted for bronchitis and all other respiratory disorders.

2. Is there a cure for chronic bronchitis?

There is no cure for chronic bronchitis. As the name suggests it is a chronic condition that lasts for years or for life time. Treatment will help to relieve symptoms, prevent complications and slow the progression of the disease.

3. What is a COPD flare-up?

When symptoms worsen suddenly - when your breathing becomes really hard, you cough or wheeze more or produce more phlegm, it is a COPD flare-up. The first thing to remember is not to panic. Take any quick relief oral medications or inhalers you might have. Use oxygen if prescribed. If symptoms do not get beetroot in 48 hours, go to the hospital.

4. What is emphysema?

Emphysema is also a type of COPD. In emphysema, the alveoli or air sacs of the lungs are gradually destroyed. The inner walls of the air sacs weaken and rupture, the surface area reduces which depletes the amount of oxygen that reaches the bloodstream. Long-term exposure to air borne irritants is the main cause of emphysema. The main symptom of emphysema is shortness of breath that developed gradually.

5. What is the difference between chronic bronchitis and emphysema?

Chronic bronchitis causes inflammation in the lining of the trachea and bronchial tubes of lungs. This inflammation causes excess mucus secretion and is characterized by productive cough. Emphysema involves destruction of the air sacs or alveoli of the lungs. As a result, the amount of oxygen that reaches the bloodstream is depleted.

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