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:
Production of sputum which may be clear, white, yellowish-grey or green in colour
Wheezing particularly when breathing out
Shortness of breath when resting or active
Slight fever and chills
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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