What is Chronic Bronchitis?
Chronic bronchitis is one of the major conditions contributing to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Bronchitis is a condition in which the air passages of the lungs become inflamed. The inflammation occurs in the trachea (or windpipe), and in the large and small bronchi (or tree-like air passages in the lungs). Bronchitis is the result of irritation or infection, and can either be short-lived (acute) or re-occurring (chronic). When irritation or infection is present in the lungs, the thin mucous linings that protect the lungs become inflamed. As a response to the inflammation, the airway linings start to leak fluids. Coughing is the body’s natural reflex to clear the air passageways in the lung. As a result, sufferers of bronchitis often exhibit a wet, painful cough.
Although dealing with a chronic lung disease, such as bronchitis, can feel overwhelming, remember there’s hope. Here at the Lung Institute, we specialize in using cellular therapy as a treatment for lung disease. If you or a loved one have any other form of lung disease, please contact one of our patient coordinators or call us at (800) 729-3065.
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