Chronic Bronchitis Causes
Chronic Bronchitis Causes
There are many known causes of chronic bronchitis, which is one of the major types of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Bronchitis occurs when the lungs’ air passages become inflamed as a result of irritation or infection. This inflammation causes the thin mucous lining that protects the lungs to leak fluid, which in turn triggers coughing in an attempt to clear mucus from the obstructed passageways. Chronic cases of this condition are defined as a cough lasts for three consecutive months at a time for at least two years, and/or a cough that never goes away completely.
The most common chronic bronchitis causes include:
- Bacterial and viral infections – Viruses that result in upper respiratory infections, influenza and the common cold are among the major chronic bronchitis causes. Also, certain bacteria, including those responsible for walking pneumonia, can cause bronchitis.
- Smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke – People who breathe tobacco smoke are vulnerable to contracting bronchitis and other conditions that contribute to COPD. Some of the chemicals in tobacco are highly toxic and can wreak havoc on the lungs, increasing the likelihood of infection and irritation.
- Air pollution – Constant exposure to air pollution is also among the most prominent causes of chronic bronchitis. Those who live in a heavily polluted area or work in an environment where they are regularly exposed to dust or industrial chemicals are more likely to develop bronchitis.
- A weakened immune system – Individuals who have a weakened immune system, such as the elderly, are more likely to develop bronchitis because the body’s ability to fight infections is compromised.
While there are many traditional treatment options for chronic bronchitis, including oxygen therapy and medication, these treatments can only mitigate the symptoms and they do not work for everyone. At the Lung Institute, we offer stem cell therapy as an alternative treatment for patients who are living with chronic bronchitis. Unlike more traditional forms of treatment, stem cell therapy can potentially slow the progression of lung disease while also improving a patient’s quality of life.
While chronic bronchitis causes many complications for those affected by the condition, all hope is not lost. If you have been diagnosed with chronic bronchitis, contact the Lung Institute today to learn more about how stem cell therapy may be able to help you breathe easier and get back to enjoying the activities you love. Members of our dedicated team can be reached at (800) 729-3065.