Bronchitis can be very severe if in a pregnant woman. This is a result of the disease combining with other symptoms present in a pregnant woman. Bronchitis is caused by the inflammation of the medium sized airway, also called the large bronchitis. The causes are smoking, inhaling dangerous fumes and pathogens such as bacteria and viruses. When this occurs, symptoms such as an expectorant cough, wheezing, fever, fatigue, headaches, shortness of breathe and occasional chest pains are experienced.
Bronchitis and pregnancy should not be taken lightly. When one detects symptoms related to the disease, immediate medical attention should be sought. This will reveal if the condition is actually bronchitis and what exactly caused it. This will make treatment possible. The most common cause of bronchitis and pregnancy is viral infections. The viruses at play are the influenza, adenoviridae, syncytial virus and the rhino virus. Infections caused by these pathogens usually disappear on their own after a few days.
Bronchitis and pregnancy caused by bacterial infections should be medicated using antibiotics, an expectorant cough syrup and bronchodilaters. These work together to destroy and expel the bacteria from the respiratory system. The bronchodilaters bring relief to the blocked airways reducing symptoms such as wheezing and shortness of breath.
Bronchitis and pregnancy usually starts with a dry cough. This cough can even wake you up at night. The cough after a few days becomes productive. This is followed by the other symptoms which disappear after a few days. The expectorant cough can last up to one month. If it lasts for more than this period of time, more diagnosis by an ear, nose and throat doctor is necessary.