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What should you know about asthmatic bronchitis?

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Every time you breathe in, air enters your nose and mouth. It flows down your throat and into a series of air passageways called bronchial tubes. Those tubes need to be open for the air to reach your lungs, where the oxygen is passed into the blood to be transported to your body's tissues. If the airways are inflamed, air has more difficulty getting to your lungs. With less air getting in, you can feel short of breath. You may wheeze and cough in an attempt to draw in more oxygen through tightened passageways. Bronchitis and asthma are two inflammatory airway conditions. Acute bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining of the airways that usually resolves itself after running its course. It's caused by viral or bacterial infections. Chronic bronchitis, which is longer lasting, can be triggered by long-term exposure to environmental irritants such as tobacco smoke, dust, or chemicals. Asthma is an inflammatory condition that leads to tightening of the muscles around the airways and swelling that cause airways to narrow. When asthma and acute bronchitis occur together, the condition is called asthmatic bronchitis.

From: Asthmatic Bronchitis WebMD Medical Reference

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Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 11, 2019

SOURCES:

Gupta, V. , 2003. JK-Practitioner

American International Health Alliance: "Bronchial Asthma: Clinical Practice Guideline for General Practitioners."

Link, N. and Tanner, M., eds, , BMJ Books, 2001. The Bellevue Guide to Outpatient Medicine

Kliegman, R.M.; Behrman, R.E.; Jenson, H.B.; Stanton, B.F.; eds., , Saunders Elsevier, 2007. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "AAAI Allergy and Asthma Drug Guide."

Boehringer Ingelheim: "US FDA Expands Approval of Tiotropium Respimat® for Maintenance Treatment of Asthma in Children."

FDA. Prescribing Information: Spiriva Respimat.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 11, 2019

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