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Acute and chronic bronchitis

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the airways that carry air to your lungs.

In bronchitis the bronchial tube of the respiratory tract is infected by a virus or bacteria resulting in inflammation. It is a common affliction, and each year approximately two million Canadians self-report an episode of acute bronchitis.
COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is the collective term for (chronic) bronchitis and emphysema. COPD is an incurable lung disease characterized by a permanent narrowing of the respiratory tract, resulting in shortness of breath and bouts of coughing. The patient may feel constantly symptomatic, unlike asthma which is characterized by "good" periods without manifesting symptoms.

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