What should you
know about broncholitis ?How to
treat bronciolitis?Broncholitis is related to
bronchioles.The suffix "tis" is the sign of an
The broncholes are small passages in the
Broncholitis can be defined as an inflammation
that affect the tiny airways of the respiratory tract .
As the inflammation progresses,the airways
become inflamed,swollen and filled with mucus leading to
difficulty to breathe.
What king of persons are concerned by broncholitis?
The disease affects infants and young children
under the age of 2, with a peak age of 3 to 6 months.It's easy
to understand because of the small size of their respiratory
It has been related that broncholitis is more
common in males, infants who live in crowded conditions.
Causes of broncholitis:
The main cause is usually a viral
infection.Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is generally found
causing the disease.But it's possible to encounter other
viruses like parainfluenza, influenza, and adenovirus.
Transmission is made from person-to-person by
direct contact with nasal secretions .
Facts linked to Broncholitis:
- Season:fall and winter months.
- Age (less than 6 months old)
- Weakened immune system
- Exposure to cigarette smoke
- Crowded living conditions
Remember the common cold symptoms to remember
the first symptoms of broncholitis.These are:
- Cough, wheezing, shortness of breath
- Difficulty breathing
- Mild cough
- Rapid breathing (tachypnea)
- Intercostal retractions
- Nasal flaring in infants
- Rapid, shallow breathing (60 to 80 times a minute)
- Fast heartbeat
- Signs of fatigue
- Poor appetite,
- Cyanosis:blue skin in the lips and fingernails.