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Chronic Bronchitis

What is Chronic Bronchitis?

It is one type of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). The inflamed bronchial tubes produce a lot of mucus. This leads to coughing and difficulty breathing. Cigarette smoking is the most common cause. Breathing in air pollution, fumes, or dust over a long period of time may also cause it.

What are the symptoms of chronic bronchitis?

Signs and symptoms may include:

  • Cough

  • Production of sputum which may be clear, white, yellowish-grey or green in colour

  • Wheezing particularly when breathing out

  • Fatigue

  • Shortness of breath when resting or active

  • Slight fever and chills

  • Chest discomfort

How can physiotherapy help people with chronic bronchitis?

The goals of the Physiotherapist include:

  • Education about the condition

  • Improve exercise tolerance

  • Reduce exacerbations and hospitalisations

  • Assist in sputum clearance

  • Increase thoracic mobility and lung volume

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