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Older people are at higher risk of bronchitis. Acute bronchitis is often caused by the same viruses that cause colds and usually gets better over time. Smoking is the most common cause of chronic bronchitis, a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It can be treated but not cured. Women are more than twice as likely to get chronic bronchitis as men.
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Acute Bronchitis (Copyright © American Academy of Family Physicians) — This publication about acute bronchitis provides information on the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and other symptoms occurring with acute bronchitis.
Bronchitis — This website has many links to up-to-date and accurate health information about bronchitis, including multimedia tools, research, and more.
Bronchitis (Copyright © Mayo Foundation) — This publication provides information on the signs, symptoms, causes, and risk factors for bronchitis. It also explains when you should see a doctor for your symptoms, what treatment options are available, and how you can prevent this disease.
Chest X-ray (Chest Radiography) (Copyright © Radiological Society of North America) — This fact sheet describes what a chest radiography is, preparation for the procedue, equipment, the procedure, and benefits and risks.
Chronic Bronchitis (Copyright © American Academy of Family Physicians) — This publication provides information on the causes, diagnosis, and treatments for chronic bronchitis.
Chronic Bronchitis (Copyright © University of Virginia) — This publication provides information on the signs, symptoms, causes, and risk factors for bronchitis.
What Is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)? — This publication provides in-depth information on how the lungs work, and how chronic bronchitis, emphysema, pneumonia, and COPD can affect lung health. It also provides information on treatment and research information.
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American Association for Respiratory Care
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH
National Institute on Aging, NIH, HHS
Content last updated August 12, 2010.
Resources last updated August 12, 2010.
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