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What Are The Causes Of Bronchitis?

Jan 16, 2008
Have you ever suffered from bronchitis? You must know all about the chest discomfort, the coughing, the excess mucous, and the difficulty breathing. One of the most widespread respiratory problems in America is acute bronchitis.

Acute bronchitis can affect anyone, but it is more prevalent in people over 50. Acute bronchitis occurs when the bronchial tubes become inflamed.

This stimulates the production of mucous. Normal mucous helps protect you, but too much of it can obstruct the airways.

There are various causes of bronchitis. The most common cause of acute (short-term) bronchitis is due to viral infections.

There are a fair number of normal viruses that can bring on acute bronchitis. They include adenovirus, rhinovirus, corona virus, Para influenza virus, influence virus, Coxsackie's virus, and respiratory syncytial virus.

Another one of the causes of bronchitis include bacterial infections. However, viral infections are more commonly the trigger than bacterial infections. Bacterial viruses that can cause bronchitis include Haemophilus influenza, pneumonia, streptococcus, Bordatella parapertussis, and Branhamela catarrhalis.

On rare occasions, bronchitis can be caused by an organism that carries the properties of both a virus and bacteria, called mycoplasmas. If this is ever the case, the bronchitis symptoms are severe and come on quickly. Some mycoplasmas can be deadly. The few that are known to cause bronchitis include mycoplasma pneumoniae, Chlamydia pneumoniae, and Legionella.

Sometimes causes of bronchitis can include infection from fungi. Some of the common ones known for this include Candida albicans, Candida tropicalis, Blastomyces dermatitidis, Histoplasma capsulatum, and Cocciodioides immitis. When bronchitis is caused by fungal organisms the symptoms are usually less serious and milder.

There are a few other factors that can cause bronchitis such as dust, pollen, chemicals, pollutants, smoke, and second-hand smoke. These causes of bronchitis usually produce very mild symptoms.

The kind of treatment you get helps you deal with the symptoms based on what caused the bronchitis. You can relieve some of your bronchitis symptoms by reducing or getting rid of the irritants in your environment. You can help open up the airways by taking cough suppressants meant for decongestion.

Now that you know what causes bronchitis, hopefully you'll be able to find something that will help you get a handle on it.
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