Nearly all cases of acute bronchitis clear up completely over time.
- In the case of bronchitis caused by exposure to respiratory irritants, all
the person may need to do is keep away from the cause of irritation.
- Smoking cessation is recommended to prevent development of chronic bronchitis or
other chronic lung disease such as emphysema. Chronic bronchitis, as its name
suggests, can cause symptoms for prolonged periods and can lead to other
debilitating lung conditions.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/22/2012
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