Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes. Chronic bronchitis is bronchitis with symptoms that last three months or longer, and is frequently caused by long-term irritation of the bronchial tubes. At Penn State Health, we work with our patients to ease the progressive symptoms of chronic bronchitis.
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Care at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
We recognize that no two patients are alike. Our specialists take the time to listen to each patient and develop a treatment and rehabilitation plan that best meets each patient's needs. We focus on returning patients to active lifestyles.
Although it can be a progressive disease, patients that are diagnosed before much bronchial damage occurs often have a good prognosis. Untreated chronic bronchitis can be very serious, and people with chronic bronchitis have an increased risk of developing other illnesses, such as colds or pneumonia.
The main way to treat chronic bronchitis is to avoid the irritant. For allergy-induced bronchitis, this means removing the allergens from the home or work environment. For smokers, this means quitting smoking.
If chronic bronchitis is caused by allergens, we may treat it with antihistamine medications to reduce the allergic reaction. You may also be prescribed other medications. Bronchodilators can help to open the airways, and steroids can help to reduce the inflammation.
For severe or very long-term cases, your doctor may prescribe oxygen therapy.
DepartmentsThe healthcare team at Penn State Health is dedicated to providing our patients with the highest quality care through a coordinated team approach.
Departments and centers that play a role in treating chronic bronchitis include:
Groups, Classes & Support
Support groups provide an opportunity to share your feelings and connect with other parents and caregivers who are experiencing similar struggles.
Research & Clinical Trials
We have an active clinical science research program, and we frequently seek volunteers to participate in clinical trials. These studies help our scientists improve diagnostic techniques, develop better treatments, and collaborate with other researchers.
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