Chronic Bronchitis is caused primarily by inhalation of smoking, pollution, dust and toxic gases are the primary causes of contracting Chronic Bronchitis. Protracted Bacterial Bronchitis has been known to be caused by streptococcus pneumoniae, haemophilus influenzae, or moraxella catarrhalis.
4. Is Bronchitis a contagious disease? Are my family members at risk of contracting Bronchitis from me?
If the cause of your Bronchitis is viral or bacterial, then yes, your family is at a risk of contracting the disease. If you have been diagnosed with either Acute Bronchitis or protracted bacterial Bronchitis, it will be good to wear a mask, wash your hands often, dispose the tissues you use in a bin and keep the company of your loved ones with you to a bare minimum. Acute Bronchitis is especially very contagious in it’s 1st week. It is possible to contract either variant by air or touching an object touched by the infected person if it has traces of sputum. If your bronchitis is an occupational disease or is caused by irritants such as smoke, dust etc, it will not be contagious in all probability.
5. Besides the sputum test I have taken, are there any other diagnostic tests I will have to take?
A Blood-Gas test to evaluate your oxygenation and acid/base status, Spirometry to measure the air flow and volume to indicate lung health and a Sputum test besides a chest X-ray may be recommended. This depends upon what your doctor considers appropriate after going through your report and your check up.
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