Bronchitis/ Pneumonia

Bronchitis is the inflammation or obstruction of the bronchi characterized by increased coughing, mucus buildup, fever, back and chest pain, sore throat, and difficulty breathing. The bronchi are the tubes that lead to the lungs. It usually occurs after respiratory infections, such as pneumonia. Allergies may also cause bronchitis. With bronchitis, there is less space for the lungs to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide, and so the heart must work harder to keep an adequate blood volume. Chronic bronchitis can lead to heart disease. Cigarette smoking (even passive) should be avoided.

Pneumonia is an inflammation in the lungs caused by different bacteria, viruses, and fungi. The tiny air sacs in the lung area become inflamed and fill with mucus and pus. It is unlikely to be contagious. Although symptoms can vary in intensity, they usually include fever, chills, cough, muscle aches, fatigue, sore throat, enlarged lymph glands in the neck, bluish nails, pains in the chest, and rapid, difficult respiration. Typical contributing factors to pneumonia are the common cold, influenza, seizure or stroke, aspiration under anesthesia, alcoholism, smoking, Kidney failure, Sickle Cell Disease, Malnutrition, foreign bodies in the Respiratory passages, Bacteria, Viruses, chemical irritants, and even Allergies.

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