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Bronchitis is when the line the bronchial tubes become inflamed As with the common cold virtually everyone has had bronchitis at some time It usually is caused by a viral infection that spreads to the bronchi There are several types of bronchitis the most common types are acute and chronic Acute bronchitis is the inflammation of mucous membranes of the bronchial tubes it usually only lasts a few days Chronic bronchitis is when acute bronchitis lasts for months at a time and returns every year after thatAcute bronchitis is usually caused by infectious agents such as bacteria or viruses It may also be caused by physical or chemical agents -- dusts allergens strong fumes and those from chemical cleaning compoundsor tobacco smoke It can be either viral or bacterial acute asthmatic bronchitis may happen as the result of an asthma attack or it may be the cause of an asthma attack Acute bronchitis is usually a mild and self-limiting condition with complete healing and return tofunction Acute bronchitis may follow the common cold or other viral infectionsin the upper respiratory tract It may also occur in people with chronic sinusitis allergies or those with enlarged tonsils and adenoids It can be serious in people with pulmonary or cardiac diseases Pneumonia is a complication that can follow bronchitis These are the most common symptoms for acute bronchitis however each individual may experience symptomsdifferently runny nose uneasiness chills a light fever back and muscle pain sore throat In the early in the stages of acute bronchitis there is a dry non-productive cough meaning mucus is produced But later there is Chronic bronchitis involves the bronchial tubes the main airways that branch into the lungs In chronic bronchitis they have been constantly irritated by inhaled cigarette smoke air pollution or other harmful substances When the bronchial tubes have been irritated for years their walls thicken or swell They produce more mucus so less
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