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Bronchitis Bronchitis is the inflammation of the bronchi It may develop suddenly following a head cold acute bronchitis or it may persist or return regularly for many years causing progressive degeneration of the bronchi and lungs chronic bronchitis Certain people are more susceptible than others Men are more of a target to bronchitis than women out numbering them 10 to 1 -- the reasons are unclear Of course 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 smoking People who have acute bronchitis usually have a mild fever soreness under breast bone irritated by coughing First they have a dry cough then the cough later brings up green and yellow mucus The cough may persist to 4 to 6 weeks Chronic bronchitis is produced by other chronic problem sinusitis smoking TB etc The Bronchi becomes thick inelastic and accumulate mucus and pus in lower part of lungs instead of bringing discharges up and out The result is chronic cough shortness of breath sometimes spasm and frequent infection Symptoms In acute bronchitis the basic symptoms are a head cold fever and chills running nose aching muscles and possibly back pains This is soon followed by the obvious persistent cough At first the cough is dry and racking and eventually becomes phlegmy The persistent cough is worse at night than during the day and when the person breathes in smoke and fumes The main symptoms most recognized in chronic bronchitis is again a cough with sputum often occurring in paroxysms Other symptoms in chronic bronchitis are dependant on how much or how little emphysema is present This disorder causes the lungs to become overstretched making the breathing process difficult The chronic bronchitic with no emphysema tends to be overweight and often has a bluish tinge to his or her lips due to lack of oxygen Shortness of breath only
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