Bronchitis Paper

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Bronchitis is the inflammation of the bronchi. It may develop suddenly, following a head
cold (acute bronchitis), or it may persist or return regularly for many years, causing
progressive degeneration of the bronchi and lungs (chronic bronchitis). Certain people are
more susceptible than others; Men are more of a target to bronchitis than women, out
numbering them 10 to 1 the reasons are unclear. Of course smokers are 50 times more likely
to get chronic bronchitis than non-smokers. Acute bronchitis is a bacteria or virus
infection, often following a cold smoking. People who have acute bronchitis usually have a
mild fever, soreness under breastbone, irritated by coughing. First they have a dry cough
then the cough later brings up green and yellow mucus. The cough may persist to 4 to 6
weeks. Chronic bronchitis is produced by other chronic problem: sinusitis, smoking, TB,
etc. The Bronchi becomes thick, inelastic, and accumulate mucus and pus in lower part of
lungs instead of bringing discharges up and out. The result is chronic cough, shortness of
breath, sometimes spasm, and frequent infection.

In acute bronchitis, the basic symptoms are a head cold, fever and chills, running nose,
aching muscles and possibly back pains. This is soon followed by the obvious persistent
cough. At first the cough is dry and racking and eventually becomes phlegm. The persistent
cough is worse at night than during the day, and when the person breathes in smoke and

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