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What is Bronchitis?

Description of the disease

Bronchitis is an inflammatory disease of the bronchi, most often caused by infection or irritants such as smoke, dust, or chemical fumes. The disease can be acute or chronic.


  • Acute bronchitis
  • Chronic bronchitis


  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness and fatigue


The main causes of bronchitis are viruses and bacteria. The disease can also be caused by smoking, polluted air, and chemical substances.


The diagnosis of bronchitis is based on history, physical examination, and laboratory tests.


Treatment of bronchitis may include taking antiviral or antibacterial drugs, using mucolytics and cough suppressants, as well as recommendations for regimen and nutrition.


Prevention of bronchitis includes quitting smoking, avoiding contact with irritants, strengthening the immune system, and regular ventilation of premises.


The doctor who deals with the diagnosis and treatment of bronchitis is a pulmonologist.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.