Breathing and Diseases of Lungs and Airways

June 28, 2009

Bronchitis and Its Symptoms

One of the most common breathing diseases is bronchitis. Bronchitis is a disease of the air passages.

In this disease too much mucus is produced in the air passages, and the walls become inflamed. The ciliated cells are gradually destroyed, and so the only way to move the mucus up to the mouth is by coughing. The extra mucus and the inflamed walls both make the air passages narrower. This obviously makes breathing more difficult.

Common symptoms of bronchitis are wheezing and a tight feeling in the chest, especially in the morning. This causes great discomfort and distress. Chronic bronchitis seems to be caused by breathing air containing dust, smoke of various kinds or other fumes for several years.

The disease is more common in towns than it is in country districts. It is also more common in smokers than in non-smokers. About 95 people out of every 100 with chronic bronchitis are smokers.

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