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Types of Bronchitis Disease

Bronchitis is inflammation of the airways leading into the lungs, characterized by coughing and mucus production.

  • 28 Feb 2024
  • 2 min read

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the airways leading into the lungs. Coughing is caused by inflammation of the trachea and bronchi, which causes them to expand and fill with mucus. There are 2 types of bronchitis: Acute, which usually has an infectious nature and is short-term, lasting a few weeks, and Chronic, which is marked by a chronic cough that produces mucus and may be an indication of COPD. Health insurance aids in access to the required tests and treatments to maximise care and reduce long-term effects on respiratory health.

What are the Types of Bronchitis?

Let’s understand the types of bronchitis in detail here:

  1. Acute bronchitis

Viral infections frequently cause acute bronchitis, which usually goes away on its own in a few weeks. Treatment usually doesn't require medical intervention in most circumstances. Given the airway irritation and mucus accumulation, this acute condition causes coughing. Still, it often goes away on its own and allows infected individuals to heal on their own in a short period. Therefore, no unique treatments are generally required.

  1. Chronic bronchitis

A dry cough producing mucus on most days for three months straight or more than two years is a sign of chronic bronchitis. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and chronic bronchitis usually coexist. If you have been diagnosed with chronic bronchitis, consult your healthcare provider about getting tested for COPD. Treating respiratory illnesses such as COPD early on is essential by detecting any possible problems and managing them properly.


Both types of bronchitis, i.e. acute and chronic bronchitis, can cause respiratory problems; the former usually goes away on its own, while the latter may be a sign of COPD. Health insurance plans are critical in providing comprehensive care by guaranteeing access to necessary tests and treatments for controlling different forms of bronchitis and minimising long-term effects on respiratory health.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog is for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult your general physician or another certified medical professional for any questions regarding a medical condition. Relying on any information provided in this blog is solely at your own risk, and ICICI Lombard is not responsible for any effects or consequences resulting from the use of the information shared.


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