What is COPD with Chronic Bronchitis?
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) is a lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. COPD has two subtypes, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema. COPD causes narrowing of the airways and can cause damage.
Smoking is the most common cause of COPD. Inhaling toxic gases or fumes can also be another cause of COPD. A genetic problem can also cause COPD, and there is a blood test to check for that.
Chronic bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes’ linings, which carry air to and from the lungs’ air sacs (alveoli). It’s characterized by daily cough and mucus (sputum) production.
Why should I see a pulmonologist or go to a pulmonary clinic for chronic bronchitis?
If your cough or shortness of breath symptoms continue, despite trying many treatments, your pulmonologist can review your tests, including a chest x-ray and spirometry or a full pulmonary function test. Your pulmonologist can try to figure out if there are things in your home or work environment that might be irritating your lungs.
If you are smoking, you should try to stop. Smoking is the most common cause of chronic bronchitis. Fatigue and chest tightness can also be some of the manifestations of chronic bronchitis.
What is the treatment for chronic bronchitis?
Our pulmonary doctors are trained on how to treat chronic bronchitis. The treatments could include medications and different types of inhalers. Some people with advanced lung disease may need oxygen and pulmonary rehabilitation.
Do you think you have COPD? Call our Pulmonary Clinic at (978) 254-4983 to get scheduled as soon as possible. Click here to Contact Us. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911.