Asthmatic Bronchitis and its Treatment

In order to understand Asthmatic Bronchitis it is first important to understand what is Bronchitis and what are its symptoms.

Bronchitis is lung condition that occurs when the bronchial tubes, which are the passages between the nose and the lungs become inflamed. A surprisingly common lung condition, bronchitis is a complicated beast that can have a serious impact on a patient’s quality of life.

There are two main types of bronchitis.

Acute Bronchitis
When bronchitis occurs for a short duration, usually following a cold or viral infection, it is known as acute bronchitis. This form of bronchitis usually lasts a few weeks at most and symptoms will fade over time. The main symptoms are a cough with mucus, chest discomfort and soreness as well shortness of breath, sometimes accompanied by a fever.

Chronic Bronchitis
When Bronchitis lasts for over three months it is recognised as Chronic Bronchitis. It is a long term condition that is also recognised as a form of COPD or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder. Chronic Bronchitis symptoms can vary at different times of year, sometimes receding and sometimes increasing.

Asthmatic Bronchitis
Sometimes Acute Bronchitis may occur along with Asthma, leading to a diagnosis of Asthmatic Bronchitis. Asthma occurs when the muscles around the airways constrict leading to shortness of breath. The symptoms of Asthmatic Bronchitis include symptoms of both Asthma and Bronchitis and are as follows:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Cough  
  • Tightness in the Chest
  • Excess production of Mucus

Diagnosis of Asthmatic Bronchitis
If you or anyone you know experiences these symptoms then it is important to visit your doctor for a diagnosis. Diagnosis of Asthmatic Bronchitis is done after asking a series of questions to gauge your medical history and undergoing a few select tests. Some of these tests are:

  1. A Chest X-Ray to examine the shape size and overall health of your pulmonary system.
  2. A Spiro metric text which measures the functionality of your lungs. In this test you are asked to breathe into a device known as a Spirometer.
  3. Peak Expiratory Flow test which measures the force of the air that you breathe out of using a mouthpiece that is attached to a spirometer.

Asthmatic Bronchitis Treatment Options
Once a diagnosis has been made, your physician will either recommend you to a specialist or begin the asthmatic bronchitis treatment. While there are many treatment options to consider, it is important to note that there is no long term cure for the condition. Most lines of treatment are aimed at helping patients manage symptoms in order to maintain quality of life. While some treatments are purely medicinal, others combine lifestyle changes with prescribed medicines for maximum impact.

Asthmatic bronchitis treatment usually consists of one or more of the following:

  • Short-acting bronchodilators, which help open the airways in order to provide short-term relief
  • Long-acting bronchodilators used together with inhaled corticosteroids
  • Leukotriene modifiers
  • Inhaled corticosteroids
  • Cromolyn or Theophylline
  • Combination inhalers that contain a steroid and a bronchodilator
  • A humidifier or steam inhalation to ease breathing
  • Antibiotics to treat any respiratory infection

There are also some simple lifestyle changes you can make in order to reduce the impact of this condition of one’s quality of life. The most basic of these is of course to wash your hands regularly in order to avoid germs and infection causing viruses and bacteria. The next most important one is quit smoking if you are a smoker and avoid passive smoking as much as you can. Avoid dusty spaces and use an air filter in your home to facilitate better breathing and no matter how much you love your pets, keep them out of the bedroom.

Following these simple suggestions will help you manage your condition in the best possible way. Live healthy and Breathe Free!

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