Don’t let yourself fall ill with bronchitis this season

A simple chest X-ray can tell your doctor if you've developed chronic bronchitis.

It's not uncommon for people to deal with chest congestion, coughing and sneezing in the winter months. As we're all kept in close corridors due to the air's chill, bacteria easily makes its way around homes, offices and grocery stores, and often leads to bronchitis. While many viruses can be kept at bay with a proper health regime, that's not always the case. If you have the flu or a cold, you are at risk of developing this respiratory infection.1 There are two types of bronchitis that you should be aware of:

Acute
Those who develop bronchitis immediately following a bout with a cold or flu virus are likely suffering an acute infection.2 Symptoms may include fever, shortness of breath, coughing with the presence of green mucus and general chest discomfort. If these issues last more than a few days or weeks, it is possible the infection has developed to the chronic stages. However, in most cases, sufferers are able to experience relief after a visit to their doctor.

Chronic
Throughout the course of chronic bronchitis, you are likely to see your symptoms better and worsen. While this can be the worst case scenario for a cold, it may also be due to repeated exposure to lung irritants, such as smoking or breathing in fumes. Those who seek treatment are generally prescribed medications or steroids that allow the airways to open, which leads to easier breathing.3

Medex Supply provides a variety of respiratory supplies for treating bronchitis and other lung disorders, such as asthma. Both health care professionals and individuals can contact this medical supply store today for a variety oxygen therapy regimes.

1 Medical News Today, "What is bronchitis? What causes bronchitis?" November 10, 2009
2 National Institutes of Health, "What causes bronchitis?"
3 New York University Department of Medicine, "Chronic bronchitis" June 2013

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