When you head to the doctor for a persistent cough and the inability to breathe well, he’ll do a physical examination. Upon completion, his diagnosis will likely be bronchitis. Yet, what is this strange upper respiratory illness?
All it is in the inflammation and swelling of bronchial tubes (airways). This is the pipe that connects directly into your lungs. It starts as an irritation. Next to it is the thick mucus that begins to form. The mucus blocks the air passages, hence the reason you are unable to breathe well.
This disease is diagnosed in two forms: acute and chronic.
In the acute form, the disease (illness) can last for a short time and is caused by a cold and most often triggered by viral infections. It is recognized by pain chest centered in the middle, with a cough that has green sputum. A fever is possible and slight breathing difficulties have been known to occur.
In its chronic form, it is identified by its mucus producing cough. It also lasts for a longer period compared with its acute counterpart. Those who suffer from this disease will also suffer in different degrees of breathing difficulties and can possibly get lung infections. This leads to even worse breathing conditions for the sufferer.
Sometimes chronic bronchitis is termed as “chronic obstructive lung disease” or “chronic obstructive airways disease.” This means that the problem is identified with the difficulty of air circulation in the lungs.
Is Bronchitis contagious?
Yet, with all this information is it possible to give bronchitis to someone else? The answer is yes! It is extremely contagious and is typically transmitted through coughing, sneezing and even touching things that an infected person touched.
Bronchitis itself is not contagious as it is just swelling of the bronchia. Yet, as the infection and mucus begins to form, it is contagious once it has gotten into the air.
How long does the contagiousness last?
Medical experts agree that its length depends on several factors which are the cause of the illness and the person’s bronchitis. It’s wise for those with this disease to consult an specialized physician to know if he is already infectious and how long it will last.
It’s possible, that if left untreated, the disease could turn into pneumonia. Both types of this disease can become contagious. Due to viral infections, even a seemingly healthy person can suffer from acute bronchitis attacks. Transmissions of the disease can be made through direct and indirect. It can still be evaded so long as the infected person is practicing good personal hygiene including washing their hands or using the hand sanitizers available.
The most preventative way a person won’t spread the disease is to cover there mouth when they sneeze or cough.
Asthma suffers can develop acute bronchitis though such a situation reduces the hazard of acute bronchitis being contagious. This is the effect when acute bronchitis is a side effect to another disease.
How to treat the illness
The best was to be rid of the disease is to cure it. Unfortunately, antibiotics are not an effective way to treat the disease. Mostly because of the virus factor.
Get lots of rest and drink plenty of water and take an over the counter medicine for the cough. These are all effective ways to treat the illness.
When a bacterial infection is found, doctors may then prescribe medicine to stave off an secondary infections that may come about.
For the asthma suffers, it is likely the doctor will prescribe an inhaler. These medicines will enlarge the constricted lung passages.