Allergist and immunologist Dr. Warner Carr joined The Doctors to discuss asthmatic bronchitis, a form of bronchitis that can’t be treated with antibiotics.
“Asthma is a form of bronchitis,” Dr. Carr explains. “Asthma is a combination of two things: the airway narrowing, which causes the cough, and airway inflammation. Those are signs of bronchitis.”
Dr. Carr examined Yaz, 26, who regularly develops bronchitis-related symptoms, and determined that she suffers from vasomotor rhinitis, also known as non-allergic rhinitis, an inflammation of the lining of the nose, nasal cavity and sinuses, which is triggering asthmatic bronchitis.
“When somebody has a bacterial bronchitis, they have inflammation, and that causes them to cough and increase mucous production. That’s infectious bronchitis,” Dr. Carr says. “[Yaz] has asthmatic bronchitis. Bronchitis is almost a wastebasket term, and a lot of things can cause it. It’s very important, if a patient has bronchitis, for them to see their doctor so they can figure out why they have it.”
The following symptoms should never be ignored, as they may indicate respiratory or heart conditions that require medical treatment:
Respiratory Warning Signs
• Shortness of breath
• Coughing when exercising
• Decreased exercise tolerance
• Coughing without phlegm
• Trouble sleeping
• Bronchitis explained
• Treating asthma
• Asthma and exercise