What is Bronchitis and Can Bronchitis Kill you?

What is Bronchitis?

Bronchitis is an infection of the main airways of the lungs, known as your bronchi, causing them to become irritated or inflamed. The bronchi branch off on either side of your windpipe lead to smaller and smaller airways inside your lungs, known as bronchioles. The walls of the bronchi produce mucus to trap dust and other particles that could otherwise cause irritation. Most cases of bronchitis develop when an infection irritates and inflames the bronchi, causing them to produce more mucus than usual, which the body tries to shift through coughing.

Can Bronchitis Kill you?

Yes, it could be if it progresses , for example, to a severe bacterial or viral infection with compromised lungs leading to respiratory insufficiency. The bronchitis is deadly when it turns to produce the symptoms like shortness of breath. Chronic bronchitis is the major causes of disability and death around the world.


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