Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.
Dr. Balentine received his undergraduate degree from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. He attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine graduating in1983. He completed his internship at St. Joseph's Hospital in Philadelphia and his Emergency Medicine residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, where he served as chief resident.
Acute bronchitis is inflammation of the bronchial tubes, which are the airways
that allow air to pass from your mouth to the lungs. It is a general term that
describes inflammation of the bronchi that is usually caused by viruses or
bacteria, although other things may also cause the disease are far less
cough lasting 5 or more days suggests acute bronchitis as a cause.
People with recurrent acute bronchitis may develop
chronic bronchitis. Chronic
bronchitis is defined as a cough that occurs every day with sputum production
that lasts for at least 3 months, 2 years in a row.
What are the causes of acute bronchitis?
The most common causes of acute bronchitis are viruses.
corona virus are the main
viral genera, but many people develop fairly mild symptoms so often the viral
genus is never determined. Bacteria are less common the causative agents of
For the majority of cases, the initial treatment is simple to prescribe but frequently ignored or rejected by the patient - stop smoking cigarettes and avoid second-hand tobacco smoke. People should be encouraged in every way to cease smoking, as continuation will only cause further lung damage. Similarly, blocking or removing other underlying causes of repeated bronchial irritation (for example, exposure to chemical fumes) is a treatment goal. Fifty percent of patients with chronic bronchitis who smoke will no longer cough after 1 month of smoking cessation. The number increases to 80% after 2 months.