Bronchitis can be caused by both viral and bacterial infection. These infections are caused through inhalation of organisms. Bronchitis often starts off as a sore throat or a cold, which progresses down the Upper Respiratory Tract to the airways and turns into a cough.
Pneumonia, as with Bronchitis can be caused by both viral and bacterial infection. These infections are caused through inhalation of organisms. Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs and is more severe than Bronchitis. Symptoms include: Night sweats, Chest pain, shortness of breath and coughing.
Immune impaired patients with chronic illnesses or mature individuals, recovering from other illnesses are prone to developing Pneumonia.
Asthma tends to run in families and affects 10% of children and 5% of adults. It usually begins before the age of 5 years, cannot be cured, but can be controlled. Improved Bronchodilator technology and treatments, especially since the early 1990’s has resulted superior treatment outcomes. Those affected live normal lives, and enjoy sport.
Common triggers are dust mites, grass, pet hair and dust.