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When a loved one has COPD or another chronic lung disease, knowing how to balance taking care of them and yourself can be difficult. This page provides helpful resources for caregivers including guides on helping your loved one quit smoking and how to take time out of your day for yourself.

If you’ve just been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), you may have a lot of questions. This page is a great resource for learning about all aspects of the disease including talking to your doctor, flare-up signs and symptoms, and disease management.

If you have a chronic lung disease, you know that staying healthy plays an important part in managing your symptoms and overall well-being. The right exercise methods, diet, and other techniques can help you stay healthy with chronic lung disease and get you back to doing the things you love.

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The Difference Between Acute and Chronic Bronchitis

By Do More With Oxygen

Thu, Jul 18, 2013

According to the American Lung Association, there are two types of bronchitis: chronic and acute. Acute bronchitis means the condition is brought on by an illness, such as a cold, and usually clears up in a week or two. acute and chronic bronchitis - what's the difference?On the other hand, chronic bronchitis is defined as a mucus-producing cough that affects a person almost every day for at least three months of the year for two years straight. Only after meeting this criteria are you diagnosed with chronic bronchitis.

 

About Chronic Bronchitis

The American Lung Association points out that the disease sets in gradually. It’s often dismissed as merely smoker’s cough since people who smoke are most likely to develop the condition. After living with lung disease for some time, you might also contract emphysema. When found together in the same person, chronic bronchitis and emphysema are often called Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

Severity

The longer you wait to have your symptoms checked out, the more damaged your lungs can become. Damaged lungs may put you at risk for developing life-threatening respiratory or heart problems, states the American Lung Association. The good news is this can be found early and treated immediately to help manage the condition.

Causes

The causes of chronic bronchitis vary, indicates the American Lung Association. Most people living with lung disease of this type are or were smokers. However, the airways can also become irritated by bacterial or viral infections, thus bringing on the condition in some non-smokers, as well. Others at high risk for this lung disease include coal miners, metal molders and grain handlers, since these people are exposed to harmful industrial fumes and chemicals that can irritate the airways.

 


Topics: lung disease, chronic bronchitis, american lung association

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