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All about acute bronchitis( part one)
Acute bronchitis can be caused by an inflammation in the bronchial tubes. These are the passages that allow air to go to the lungs, through the windpipe. The information can appear for two reasons: an irritation, the most common one can be because of smoking, or an infection.
When you catch a cold or the flu and your respiratory system becomes ill, this is the starting point for acute bronchitis. The infection then travels into your airways, through your throat. A good thing is that acute bronchitis does not last as long as pneumonia does. Another thing for you to know is that acute bronchitis is usually caused by some viruses, but you can get this disease because of a bacteria as well.
Coughing is the first and most obvious sign that you have acute bronchitis. There are two types of cough that can accompany acute bronchitis: a dry one, or a cough that produces sputum, a substance that is like mucus and is brought from the lungs. Besides couching, if you suffer from acute bronchitis you may also have a sore throat, chest pains, fever, always be tired and you may also have problems breathing.
To diagnose acute bronchitis is a little bit difficult, because of the likeness of the symptoms to other symptoms of different diseases. The first thing that your doctor will ask you is you have had problems with your respiratory system in the past months. like infections. Then he will look for sounds that can indicate him if your airways are blocked. For that the doctor will listen your chest using a stethoscope. Another way to diagnose acute bronchitis is to test the oxygen level in your blood.
If you are diagnosed with acute bronchitis, you may seek a treat meant or just let it pass for itself. Most people that have acute bronchitis can get better without treatment, although they might cough for some days after the other symptoms have disappear. In some cases, couching can last up to months, often the person has been cured from caute bronchitis, because the bronchial linings still suffer from irritation.
It is not very easy to prevent acute bronchitis, but there are things to do where preventing is concerned. For people who smoke, quitting is the first thing to do if you want to protect yourself against acute bronchitis. Also getting shots against the flu is another must.
If you want to find out how to treat acute bronchitis, read the following article about acute bronchitis.
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