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Bronchitis is the inflammation of the bronchi It may develop suddenly following a head cold acute bronchitis or it may continue or return regularly for many years causing worsening of the bronchi and lungs chronic bronchitis Certain people are more likely to get bronchitis than others Men are effected more than women out numbering them 10 to 1 The reasons for this are unknown Smokers are 50 times more likely to get chronic bronchitis than non smokers Acute bronchitis is a bacteria or virus infection often following a cold People who have acute bronchitis usually have a mild fever soreness under breast bone and coughing First they have a dry cough then the cough later brings up green and yellow mucus The cough may continue for 4 to 6 weeks In acute bronchitis the symptoms are a head cold fever and chills running nose aching muscles and maybe back pains This is followed by a cough At first the cough is dry and eventually becomes phlegmy The best treatment for acute bronchitis is bed rest in a warm room Cough medicines will relieve the cough and aspirin will reduce the fever Antibiotics may be needed if the cause is bacteria Chronic bronchitis is caused by other problems such as sinusitis smoking etc The Bronchi becomes thick inelastic and mucus and pus builds in lower part of lungs instead of bringing stuff up and out The result is chronic cough shortness of breath sometimes spasm and frequent infection The main symptom in chronic bronchitis is a cough Other symptoms in chronic bronchitis rely on how much or how little emphysema is present This disorder causes the lungs to become stretched making breathing hard To treat it the patient should stop smoking immediately although this will not fix the chronic bronchitis it will arrest it Chronic bronchitis should try to avoid environments where there
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