Diagnosis: ASTHMA


What is Asthmatic Bronchitis

Bronchitis, if not treated well the first time, can turn into the Asthmatic form of bronchitis. If you have asthma; and you also have chronic bronchitis, it can turn into asthmatic bronchitis. You get bronchitis, and the invading organism which caused it, either bacterial or viral, didn't die all the way. Then, it takes over more completely.

Both asthma and asthmatic bronchitis can be categorized as COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. When the bronchial membranes become inflamed, it's called bronchitis. The symptoms of asthmatic bronchitis: breathlessness, a tightness in the chest, wheezing, and a 'chesty' cough.

If a person has had previous respiratory ailments, and the medications fail to improve the case, it might mutate into this worse form. If you have asthma, and it's combined with chronic bronchitis, sometimes the former ways of treating the asthma will no longer work because the mucus has grown too hard to be broken up any more.

There are very close similarities between chronic bronchitis, asthma and emphysema, so only tests done at the hospital can tell the difference between each of these COPD symptoms. Oftentimes all are just classified under the general term COPD so the patient doesn't get confused.

All of those can have exactly the same symptoms (a cough, difficulty breathing, wheezing, tightness in the chest, chest discomfort, etc.) So, when a patient reports the symptoms, that really doesn't tell the physician much as far as which of the ailments they have.

With those who have COPD, asthmatic bronchitis is a common thing. When dust, pollen and / or chemicals get in your lungs, it creates a good breeding ground for germs such as viruses and bacteria. When the mucus starts getting thick, on top of it all, then it sets up the respiratory tract to be prone to asthmatic bronchitis. Because of the thickness of the deposits, sometimes external medications can't break it up.

When the bronchial tubes create mucus, that protective stuff covers the reparatory tracts. The result is inflammation and irritation when the cilia (tiny hairs in your lungs which sweep things out) can't work any more. That means that the bronchial tubes fill up with mucus, and then harden.

Asthmatic bronchitis generally is caused by external irritants rather than bacteria or viruses.

If you had severe respiratory problems when you were young, then it's far more possible that you'd experience asthmatic bronchitis.

It can lead to really severe complications if it's not handled properly.

The mucus must be broken up and removed, then the lungs can start working properly again. If the condition keeps persisting, then bacteria will be lodged in there even more.

Smoking, of course, is one of the main causes of asthmatic bronchitis. Smoke consists of particles, and that will cause other particles such as chemicals, dust or vapors to aggravate the illness even more. So make sure that Asthmatic Bronchitis should be taken care of quickly. 

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