Chronic bronchitis is a component of COPD, which is one of the five leading causes of death in the United States (Arcangelo et al., 2017). Bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from the lungs. People who have bronchitis often cough up thickened mucus, which can be discolored. Chronic cough in childhood is associated with a high morbidity and decreased quality of life. Protracted bacterial bronchitis (PBB) is the second most common cause of chronic cough in children under 6 years of age. Clinicians, however, often do not consider this disease in the differential diagnosis and, consequently, they are inclined to change the antibiotic therapy rather than to extend it or to add steroids (Di Filippo et al., 2017). Steroids are among the medications commonly prescribed to people with COPD. They help reduce the inflammation in your lungs caused by flare-ups. Because corticosteroids may increase blood glucose concentrations, dosage adjustments of antidiabetic agents may be required (Drugs.com, 2018).
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- Fall '17
- cough, Common cold, Upper respiratory tract infection