There are two types of bronchitis- acute and chronic, based on the severatily and the symptoms. The first is acute bronchitis, a common respiratory disorder which gets cured within a few days to a few weeks. Whereas, chronic bronchitis which falls under the umbrella of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease(COPD) is a long term condition caused by exposure to irritants such as fumes, smoking and pollution for a long period of time.
What Are The Causes Of Bronchitis?
The most common cause for acute bronchitis are the same viruses that often cause cold and flu. The chances of bronchitis caused by bacteria is low. Whatever the cause may be our body tries to fight the virus or the bacteria which leads to production of more mucus.
This causes reduction in the space for the air to pass through the bronchi. Making it harder for the person to breath and causing inflammation of the bronchi.
Chronic bronchitis causes include:
- Smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke for a long period of time
- Exposure to irritants such as chemical fumes, pollutants in air for a long period of time.
Who Is At Risk For Bronchitis?
Our bronchitis treatment specialist in Faridabad , believes that people with low immunity are more vulnerable to bronchitis. The chances of you developing bronchitis increases if
- You smoke.
- You have asthma and allergies.
- You have a weaker immune system.