I recently went to the clinic for a bad chest cold and snotty nose that I couldn’t get rid of. After having a bad bout with Bronchitis a few years ago that took 4 months to clear, I didn’t want to fool around when the classic wheezing, gurgling signs arose, and was pleased when the doctor told me I had a “Bronchial Infection” rather than Bronchitis. But after I got home, I began wondering, what if a Bronchial Infection and Bronchitis are the same thing? And if they’re not, what is the difference between the two? After doing my research, this is what I found out.
A Bronchial Infection is just another phrase for Bronchitis, according to both eHow.com and Wisegeek.com. Damn. And I thought I was getting off easy. No wonder my doctor prescribed me antibiotics, cough syrup loaded with Codeine, and an inhaler for my “Bronchial Infection.” What I have is full-blown, and yet common, acute Bronchitis.
According to eHow, there are two kinds of Bronchitis, or “Bronchial Infections,” acute, and chronic. Acute Bronchitis is typically a virus from having the cold or flu, and can be treated with cough syrup or antibiotics, whereas chronic Bronchitis is typically caused by outside stimulation, such as smoking or being around a lot of dust that can cause COPD, a serious lung ailment that takes medication to maintain.
My doctor told me the best way for me to get over my “Bronchial Infection” was to take the antibiotics and cough syrup as directed (I will admit, the cough syrup has been a bit abused), and use the inhaler to help open up my airway. Avoid second-hand smoke and smoking (I have family members who smoke), and drink plenty of water to keep hydrated. Above all, he said to rest, rest, rest. That’s what I’ve been doing, and the cough syrup certainly helps.
So, I guess I do have Bronchitis after all. At least this time around I won’t be hacking up a lung for 4 months like the last time I had it, which is a classic sign of having bronchitis to begin with. Looks like “Bronchial Infection” and Bronchitis are one and the same.