Bronchitis is an inflammation of your bronchial tubes, which transport air to and from your lungs. It is very common, as it is usually caused by a virus, which spreads through airborne respiratory droplets or skin to skin contact. In the US, there are more than 3 million cases per year.
Acute bronchitis, the more common type, often develops from an upper respiratory tract infection, such as a cold or the flu. Rarely, it is caused by bacteria or fungal infections. Although it usually improves within a week to 10 days, the cough may linger for weeks after as your bronchial tubes heal and the swelling reduces.
If you have repeated bouts of bronchitis, you may have chronic bronchitis, the more serious type. Chronic bronchitis is often due to smoking and lasts for at least 3 months for 2 years in a row.
If you notice symptoms of bronchitis, call or visit one of our conveniently located clinics.