What is Chronic Bronchitis?
Chronic bronchitis is a lung infection that persists over the course of several years and it is contagious for patients. Additionally, this is a chronic inflammatory condition in the lungs that causes the airways leading to the lungs (respiratory passages) to be irritated and swollen. This causes thick mucus to form, which damages the lungs. Additionally, Chronic Bronchitis is one type of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).
The Main Cause of Chronic Bronchitis is smoking
About 90% of the over seven (7.5) million person living the the United States, who have chronic bronchitis have been cigarette smokers. Smoking causes most cases of chronic bronchitis, however not everyone who smoke get chronic bronchitis, so there must be other factors at work. A few Medical professionals stated that “There is probably a genetic component that puts someone at greater risk for chronic bronchitis if they smoke”. We all know that smoking is dangerous however, if you have a family history of chronic bronchitis,smoking is extremely dangerous.
The longer you smoke:
- The chances of your lungs recovery reduces
- you are reducing your life expectancy
- The chances of bronchitis being treated reduces
- The greater the risk for emphysema, heart disease, and lung cancer