Chronic Bronchitis

At INTEGRIS Health, we’ll do all we can to help you breathe easier and ease the symptoms of chronic bronchitis.

Managing the cough that just won't go away.

Two Kinds of Bronchitis

Bronchitis is an inflammation of your breathing tubes (airways) called bronchi. This causes increased production of mucus and other changes, and although there are several different types of bronchitis, they fall into two categories: acute and chronic. "Acute" means that the bronchitis is likely to not last long, and that it's a temporary condition. Bronchitis is "chronic" when cough and expectoration occur most days for at least three months per year, and for two years in a row.

What's the Cause?

Unlike acute bronchitis, where bacteria or viruses may be the cause, with chronic bronchitis there is typically no specific organism recognized as the source of the disease. Cigarette smoking is the most common contributor to chronic bronchitis, followed by infections and environmental pollution like chemical fumes, dust, and other substances. Chronic bronchitis is also often associated with other pulmonary diseases, like pulmonary emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis, asthma, tuberculosis, sinusitis and upper respiratory infections.

At INTEGRIS Health, we'll do all we can to help you breathe easier and ease the symptoms of this frustrating, uncomfortable condition.

Understanding Chronic Bronchitis

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