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Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes, the airways that carry air to your lungs. It causes a cough that often brings up mucus, as well as shortness of breath, wheezing, and chest tightness. There are two main types of bronchitis: acute and chronic.

The same viruses that cause colds and the flu often cause acute bronchitis. These viruses spread through the air when people cough, or through physical contact (for example, on unwashed hands). Being exposed to tobacco smoke, air pollution, dusts, vapors, and fumes can also cause acute bronchitis. Bacteria can also cause acute bronchitis, but not as often as viruses.

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Illustration of the major features of the lungs, including the bronchi, the bronchioles and the alveoli
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  1. Acute Bronchitis (National Library of Medicine)  
    Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes, the airways that carry air to your lungs. It ... chest tightness. There are two main types of bronchitis: acute and chronic. The same viruses that cause ...
  2. Chronic Bronchitis (National Library of Medicine)  
    Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes, the airways that carry air to your lungs. It ... chest tightness. There are two main types of bronchitis: acute and chronic. Chronic bronchitis is one type ...
  3. Occupational bronchitis ... chemicals in the air causes this type of bronchitis . Smoking may also contribute. Employers are required to ...
  4. Bronchitis (Chest Cold) (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)  
    ... Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work Share Compartir Bronchitis (Chest Cold) On this Page Overview of Bronchitis ... Prevention Español: Bronquitis (resfriado del pecho) Overview of Bronchitis Acute bronchitis (brahn-KITE-uss), or chest cold, ...
  5. Understanding Chronic Bronchitis (American Lung Association)  
    ... Home > Lung Disease > Bronchitis, Chronic Bronchitis Understanding Chronic Bronchitis What is Chronic Bronchitis? Bronchitis is the inflammation of the lining of ...
  6. Bronchitis From the National Institutes of Health (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)  
    ... page from the NHLBI on Twitter. What Is Bronchitis? Bronchitis (bron-KI-tis) is a condition in ... discomfort, a low fever, and shortness of breath. Bronchitis Figure A shows the location of the lungs ...
  7. ... obstructive airways disease; Chronic obstructive lung disease; Chronic bronchitis; Emphysema; Bronchitis - chronic ... Shapiro SD, Reilly JJ Jr., Rennard SI. Chronic bronchitis and emphysema. In: Mason RJ, Broaddus VC, Martin ...
  8. Bronchitis (Nemours Foundation)  
    What Is Bronchitis? Bronchitis (pronounced: brong-KYE-tis) is an inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes, the airways that ... clogged that breathing is very difficult. What Causes Bronchitis? Acute bronchitis is usually caused by viruses, and ...
  9. ... and Treatment What are the Symptoms of Acute Bronchitis? The symptoms of acute bronchitis may include: Cough, ... of breath (in severe cases) How is Acute Bronchitis Detected? Your healthcare provider will ask questions about ...
  10. What Causes Bronchitis? From the National Institutes of Health (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)  
    ... page from the NHLBI on Twitter. What Causes Bronchitis? Acute Bronchitis Infections or lung irritants cause acute bronchitis. The ... fire, also may lead to acute bronchitis. Chronic Bronchitis Repeatedly breathing in fumes that irritate and damage ...
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