What is it?
The bronchial tubes carry air to your lungs. These can becomes inflamed resulting in bronchitis. It can be acute- a once off sudden episode after a cough or cold, or it can be chronic- constant inflammation and irritation on the airways.
How do I recognise it?
- Production of mucus (sputum), either clear or white or yellowish-gray or green in color
- Shortness of breath, made worse by mild exertion
- Slight fever and chills
- Chest discomfort
Cold and flu viruses often cause acute bronchitis. But you can also develop noninfectious bronchitis from exposure to your own or someone else's tobacco smoke and from pollutants such as household cleaners and smog.
The inflammation of your bronchial tubes become permanent — a condition known as chronic bronchitis. You're generally considered to have chronic bronchitis if you cough most days for at least three months a year in two consecutive years.
Smoking is the major cause of chronic bronchitis.
How do you treat it?
Like any disease, even if there is no cure, there is almost always something you can do to manage it and take control. There are three main areas involved in the treatment of any disease:
For information on medicines and therapies relevant to Bronchitis, make an appointment at Lynch's pharmacy, Broadale, Douglas, Cork on 021-4366923.
How do you live with it?
Certain adjustments may be needed to get on with your life, and often, some simple tips and advice can go a long way to making these changes.
When you come to a Lynch's Pharmacy Clinic, we give you all the relevent information available to make your life easier and allow you to better live with your condition.
Bronchitis, information for patients http://www.cks.nhs.uk/patient_information_leaflet/bronchitis