Bronchitis can be defined as the inflammation of the bronchi of the lungs, which causes the cilia of the bronchial epithelial cells to stop functioning. However, this condition if not properly managed at the early stage, can lead to acute or chronic bronchitis. Acute bronchitis occurs when the trachea and bronchial tubes become inflamed as a result of the infection of the upper respiratory channel. Bronchitis generally, can last for several months depending on the type you have, but acute bronchitis will show its worst symptoms between 5 days to 21 days or thereabout.
Both bronchitis and acute bronchitis will show symptoms like coughing, pain in the chest, congestion feeling in the chest area. Bronchitis can be prevented if you can do away with smoking and don't get yourself exposed to airborne irritants. Acute bronchitis, on the other hand, can be prevented if you can avoid people who have been infected with any kind of respiratory infection.
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Generally, bronchitis is when the tubes that carry air to the lung become inflamed and irritated. This results in coughing as the tube swells and produces mucus and when there’s been irritation in the bronchial tubes, thick mucus forms in them thereby plugging up the bronchial tubes making it harder for air to gets into the lungs. Acute bronchitis and Chronic bronchitis are the main types of bronchitis. Acute bronchitis takes about two to three weeks for a patient to recover from. It is like the rest of viral infection and those viruses most times are spread through the air when people cough and at times by direct contact.
To avoid being infected with this virus, prevent exposure to tobacco smoke, dust, and any other form of air pollution. On the other hand, Chronic bronchitis is a productive cough, it produces sputum, and it lasts for three months or more. Tobacco smoking is the leading cause of chronic bronchitis alongside with air pollution. To avoid chronic bronchitis, it is advisable to quit smoking altogether.