What are bronchitis and pneumonia?
Bronchitis is referred to as the inflammation of the lining of bronchial tubes that is known to carry air to and from your lungs. Infected individuals often have thickened mucus when coughing that can be discoloured as well. Acute bronchitis chest cold is known to improve within a week or ten days with minimum treatment and leaves no after effects, however, the cough may continue for weeks.
Pneumonia is an infection inflaming the air sacs in one or both the lungs. The air sacs get filled with fluids or pass during pneumonia and the patient suffers from cough, chills, fever and even difficulty in breathing. Pneumonia can be mild and even lethal for infants and young children or older adults above the age of 65 depending on the strength of the immune system.
What are the symptoms of bronchitis and pneumonia?
The common symptoms of bronchitis and pneumonia are –
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea, diarrhoea or vomiting
- Chest pain
- Increased production of mucus
- Chest discomfort
Who are more predisposed?
Gender – Pneumonia and bronchitis can be fought if the immune system is strong. Generally, men are inclined more towards being affected by the diseases owing to the habit of smoking and their occupational hazard. However, female smokers can also be affected by the disease.
Age – Pneumonia is lethal for children who are 2 years or younger and even for older adults of or above the age of 65. Bronchitis affects older adults and even infants with low resistance and has greater vulnerability to such diseases.
Pre-existing diseases – Repeated bouts of heartburn or gastric reflux can get the throat irritated making the patient prone to Bronchitis. Besides patients who have developed respiratory diseases owing to excessive smoking can be affected by Bronchitis. Bronchitis along with other existing diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, HIV / AIDS can be infected by Pneumonia. Also, patients with organ transplantation or have received chemotherapy or are on or have been on long-term steroids are prone to be affected by Pneumonia.
How Dr. Amitabha Saha treats bronchitis and pneumonia?
With years of practice, Dr. Amitabha Saha has gained the required knowledge and expertise in treating bronchitis and pneumonia. With his adept team, he has been helping patients by quality diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Proper diagnosis has helped the patience to deal with bronchitis and pneumonia and maintain a healthy life.