Chronic bronchitis is a common respiratory condition that is on the rise since the sixties thanks to the increasing number of smokers. It is a part of a larger syndrome called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which also includes emphysema.
Chronic bronchitis and its causes:
Chronic bronchitis is a long-term condition that causes a persistent cough and excessive production of mucus. The symptoms of chronic bronchitis are similar to those of acute bronchitis, but they last for longer periods, typically three months or more in a year for at least two years. The main causes of chronic bronchitis are:
No risk factor is linked to chronic bronchitis more than smoking The longer you smoke, the greater your risk of developing the disease. Quitting smoking is the most effective way to prevent and treat chronic bronchitis.