1. What is bronchitis?
Infection and swelling of bronchial tubes that carry oxygen to your lungs, is termed as bronchtiis. It can be acute and chronic.
2. What symptoms will I develop if I have bronchitis?
Symptoms which will develop with bronchitis include:
•A sore throat
•Cough, containing mucus which could be clear, white, green, or yellow
•Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
•Congestion of chest
•Breathing sounds such as wheezing or whistling
3. How will I know if I am at the risk of developing bronchitis?
You stand a higher risk of developing bronchitis if:
•There is weakening of your immune system as seen in babies, young children, or older people
•You have a smoking history or staying with a smoker.
•You are amidst substances irritating your lungs (chemical fumes, dust)
•You reside or travel to a polluted area
4. How can bronchitis be prevented?
Bronchitis can be prevented by:
•Avoiding smoking, both active and passive
•Getting immunised with the flu and pertussis vaccine
•Regularly washing your hands
•Using a mask when you are around lung irritants
•Avoiding close contact from individuals with cold or flu-like symptoms
•Not touching your face often
•Covering mouth and nose while sneezing and coughing
5. What are the complications of bronchitis?
Complications with bronchitis are rare. Pneumonia is one of the complications.