Asthmatic Bronchitis

November 12, 2012

Asthmatic Bronchitis

COPD is a general term used for any condition which affects our ability to breathe. COPD is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – asthma and bronchitis both fall under its parameters.

If you suffer with bronchitis or asthma then you will have experienced the debilitating effect these conditions can have on your body and lifestyle as they affect your ability to breathe properly.

When we breathe in the air we inhale travels down the trachea and into the lungs via two bronchial tubes. The bronchial tubes then divide into many, much smaller bronchioles inside the lungs, these then end in a tiny pouch or sac – the alveoli – which passes air into the bloodstream.

  • Bronchitis develops when the mucus membrane of the bronchial tubes become inflamed the subsequent narrowing of the tubes will mean breathing difficulties may occur. It is the result of an infection often developing after a cold. Acute bronchitis generally resolves after a few days but chronic bronchitis is the result of permanent damage caused by smoking or long term exposure to irritants, the symptoms of chronic bronchitis will typically reoccur.

  • Asthma develops similarly but allergens or other triggers may also tighten the muscles which control the airway passages and so restrict the ability to breathe. Asthma may also be triggered by exercise, cold weather, smoking or smoky atmospheres and infections. Asthmatic symptoms may be intermittent and will vary from person to person as will the severity of the condition.

Asthmatic Bronchitis develops when bronchitis and asthma occur at the same time in the sufferer.

The symptoms od Asthmatic Bronchitis

The symptoms of Asthmatic Bronchitis are not dissimilar to the symptoms of the individual conditions.

  • Long lasting cough producing discoloured mucus – lasting for longer than three months will mean the condition is chronic.

  • Constant need to clear ones throat.

  • Breathlessness and wheezing, feeling of compression and tightness in the chest.

  • Sore throat.

  • Fatigue.

  • Disturbed sleep due to breathing problems.

  • Shortness of breath.

  • Noisy breathing – whistling sounds in particular.

  • Less commonly some asthma sufferers will experience a constantly runny nose or acid reflux.

Ways to reduce asthmatic bronchitis risk

If you suffer from asthma or occasional bronchitis it is important that you do all that you can to avoid a bout of Asthmatic Bronchitis which is clearly a serious condition best avoided. Leading a healthy, balanced lifestyle is always the key to good health. But there are other steps that can also be taken to reduce your risk of developing Asthmatic Bronchitis

  • Don¬ít smoke – and if you do then stop. Immediately.

  • Avoid known triggers whenever possible

  • Take regular aerobic exercise which will help to keep your respiratory muscles strong and healthy.

  • Eat a well balance diet

  • Get plenty of rest and avoid stress

  • Practise deep breathing exercises – look online or go to a yoga class.

  • Get regular checkups with your doctor.

  • Stay on top of your symptoms by using your prescribed medications correctly.

It should be remembered that Asthmatic Bronchitis only develops in those who have asthma. Its severity depends on various factors but the treatment, as well as prevention, is fairly simple.

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