Asthma is not just merely one kind of sickness. There are other types of it such as asthmatic bronchitis. Asthma and bronchitis are two conditions concerning inflamed airways but they have different causes. The latter is due to infections by viruses and bacteria which make the airways to be inflamed while former makes the muscles to tighten and narrow the airways. More often, infections come from environmental irritants like chemicals, cigarette smoke and dust.
When both of them exist at the same time, then it is called asthmatic bronchitis. The illness is triggered by:
- Allergens like pollen, food, pet dander or dust.
- Particular medications such as beta-blocker and aspirin.
- Excessive cardiovascular activities
- Change in weather (hot from cold and vice versa)
- Strong emotions such as crying, anger and laughing.
Symptoms of asthmatic bronchitis are:
- Excessive production of production
- Chest becomes tight
- Shortness of breath
It is important to see the doctor immediately when one is experiencing the symptoms mentioned above. Early treatment is the best way of dealing with the illness. Medications must be applied as soon as possible the illness occurs because for sure we do not want to worsen the situation.
Moreover, there are myths that it is contagious since it falls under bronchitis which is caused by contagious viruses and bacteria. However, we need not to worry as asthmatic bronchitis per se is not contagious at all.
To prevent this, one must not have too much exposure with the factors that triggers it. As much as possible, one must be neat around his/her surrounding as dust is one of the factors that trigger asthmatic bronchitis.