What is bronchitis and how it can be treated

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the airways that affects the lungs and windpipe and can occur after a cold or flu that was inadequately and untimely treated.

In the first phase, this condition manifests as a dry cough, and then evolves into a stronger cough. Typically, this is more intense in the morning, and once the disease progresses, the cough is maintained throughout the day and in particular during the night.

Other symptoms indicating the occurrence of bronchitis are breathing difficulties, fever, chest pain, wheezing.

Doctors say that acute bronchitis heals, usually no later than 6 weeks. The recommended treatment includes plenty of liquids consumption, rest and administration of cough syrups.

The situation is worse in the case of chronic bronchitis, which can permanently damage the airways and can lead to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Such diseases gradually deteriorate the lungs, leading to diminished respiratory capacity, a medical condition that becomes very difficult or even impossible to treat.

Among the most common causes of chronic bronchitis are: smoking, prolonged exposure to cigarette smoke, repeated development of acute bronchitis or asthma. Therefore, doctors recommend quitting smoking and avoiding as much as possible the premises of intense smoking.