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Bronchitis is caused by inflammation of the bronchial tubes that transfer air to and from the lungs. Bronchitis may be considered acute or chronic and is accompanied by a thickened mucus that inhabits the lungs.

Chronic Bronchitis

Typically, acute bronchitis results from prolonged or untreated colds or respiratory infections. However, chronic bronchitis is a constant inflammation of the bronchial tubes and can be caused by smoking. Chronic bronchitis is one of the conditions included in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD and requires medical attention.


  • Persistent cough
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain or discomfort in chest
  • Development of mucus in lungs
  • Fever or chills


  • Medication
  • Steroids
  • Antibiotics
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation

Dr. Mike Czarnecki, “The Lung Doc”, has been serving Chattanooga with pulmonary care for ten years and provides exceptional and personalized care to patients dealing with bronchitis and many other diseases and conditions. Request an appointment online or speak to someone directly over the phone to discuss your condition and treatment further.