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Bronchitis is inflammation and irritation of the airways (bronchial
tubes) of the lungs. Symptoms include a persistent cough that often produces
mucus (sputum), fever, mild wheezing, and chest pain.
Bronchitis is usually caused by infection from a virus (less
commonly with bacteria or a fungus). It can also develop after exposure to
chemicals or air pollution, including tobacco smoke.
There are two types of bronchitis.
Current as of:
August 21, 2015
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Robert L. Cowie, MB, FCP(SA), MD, MSc, MFOM - Pulmonology
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