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I had bronchitis last February, does this affect my asthma in the long term?

Bronchitis and asthma are respiratory conditions. They can cause airway irritation, inflammation, and coughing. Each condition can have unique symptoms. They can affect different parts of the airway.

Individuals with asthma can have episodes of acute bronchitis. It can make their asthma symptoms worse. Intermittent and short courses of bronchitis should not significantly impact asthma in the long run. This is if it is treated appropriately.

Repeated and chronic cases that are not well managed can lead to airway inflammation. Asthma symptoms can become worse. There can also be a decrease in overall lung function. It could make it difficult to control asthma symptoms in the future.

Discuss your asthma management plan with your healthcare provider. This will ensure the best control of your symptoms.

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John M. James, MD, is a board-certified allergist. He is also President of Food Allergy Consulting and Education Services, LLC. He has worked as a medical specialist in the field of allergy, asthma, and immunology for over 30 years. Dr. James received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas and his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Tennessee. He is board certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.

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