Causes of Bronchitis
bronchitis are usually caused by a pathogen causing inflammation of
either (or both) the bronchial tubes or the bronchi that connect the
your lungs to your windpipe. The pathogens can be either a virus or
bacteria from a concurrent respiratory infection, as is usually the case
with acute bronchitis, or they may be from smoking or other chemical
pollutants, which are more likely to cause chronic bronchitis. The
pathogens irritate tiny hairs (called cilia) that line the passageways
and usually eliminate pollutants, and when the cilia become overwhelmed
(by an out of control respiratory infection or heavy smoking) they stop
being able to function properly. The clogging then causes mucus to build
up, creating the signature bronchitis cough, wet with lots of mucus.
Other bronchitis symptoms include general ache and fatigue, wheezing or
shortness of breath, chest pain, and a low grade fever. Chronic
bronchitis occurs when your symptoms last for at least three months of
the year for at least two consecutive years.
If you think you have bronchitis, see your doctor. Bronchitis is very serious and can worsen into pneumonia.
Antibiotics Are Ineffective For Bronchitis
A recent Reuters
Health news story quoted Dr. Arthur Evans, an associate chair of
medicine at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois as saying:
"Antibiotics don't work for acute bronchitis. Now we have strong evidence saying that it shouldn't be used for this purpose.
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Read the following Reuters article concerning the improper use of antibiotics to treat bronchitis:
Popular Antibiotic Is Useless for Acute Bronchitis Fri May 10,10:28 AM ET
By Melissa Schorr NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patients suffering from bronchitis who were given a widely prescribed antibiotic did no better than patients who took a low dose of vitamin C, which is known to be ineffective in treating bronchitis, researchers report.
"Antibiotics don't work for acute bronchitis," lead author Dr. Arthur Evans, an associate chair of medicine at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, told Reuters Health. "Now we have strong evidence saying that it shouldn't be used for this purpose."
The researchers hoped to test the effectiveness of antibiotics for patients with acute bronchitis. Physicians commonly prescribe antibiotics to treat this condition, but prior studies of whether antibiotics help patients with bronchitis have had mixed results.
At random, the researchers gave 220 patients with acute bronchitis either the antibiotic azithromycin or a dummy pill of low-dose vitamin C, which has been shown to have no effect on bronchitis. The patients were also given standard therapy for bronchitis, including cough syrup and an albuterol inhaler to ease their cough.
The investigators measured whether the patients given the antibiotic showed improvements in their quality of life, such as being able to return to normal activities after a week. The findings are published in the May 11th issue of the medical journal The Lancet.
Evans and colleagues found that after 7 days, the patients given the antibiotic and those given vitamin C did not differ significantly in their physical improvement and the timing of their return to regular activity.
The patients receiving the antibiotic showed only a slight improvement in coughing and daily activities by the third day of treatment, but those differences disappeared by the seventh day. The authors conclude that antibiotics appear to provide only "transient benefit of little clinical significance," while increasing the risk of side effects and microbial resistance to the medication.
The findings shift the burden of proof to proponents of antibiotics to demonstrate why these drugs should be used in acute bronchitis, the researchers note. In the meantime, Evans suggests doctors should not routinely prescribe antibiotics for bronchitis. "If the condition changes and there's suspicion of pneumonia, the patient should be reassessed," Evans added. "Sometimes pneumonia is misdiagnosed as acute bronchitis." SOURCE: The Lancet 2002;359:1648-1654.