Respiratory Disorders Forum
This expert forum is not accepting new questions. Please post your question in one of our medical support communities.
Avatar universal

Bronchitis or asthma

I'm not sure what I have.  Two months ago I was diagnosed with bronchitis (no chest xray was done).  I was given antibiotics and started getting better.  Now I have this dry short annoying cough that at times is rough sounding, it doesn't feel like something wants to come up.  My chest feels uncomfortable like when you breathe in cold air and need to cough. I have been very sleepy this week.  Every morning my head is congested and at times I feel short of breath.  I work out 3 times a week, sometimes I'm fine and other times i feel dizzy.  

A year ago I had bronchitis, and 2 1/2 yrs ago I had pneumonia.  I have a history of wheezing when i inhale only.  it is very minimal and have never seen a doctor about it.  I have never smoked.

Is this a typical pattern of bronchitis or do i have chronic bronchitis or perhaps a certain type of asthma?  Your input is greatly appreciated.  Thank you.  Amas
1 Responses
242588 tn?1224275300
The recovery state of acute bronchitis can be characterized by a chronic cough that may last 3 to 6 months.  However, such a cough may also be a sign of underlying asthma, with the acute bronchitis superimposed on the asthma, even if you have never been diagnosed with asthma.

Asthma is not usually characterized by wheezing with inhalation.  Such sounds with inspiration suggest an upper airway obstruction, not infrequently a problem with one's vocal cords, either a weak or paralyzed vocal cord or a condition called vocal cord dysfunction (VCD).  You should ask to be checked for both asthma and VCD.

Chronic bronchitis is characterized by daily productive cough, with no other discernible medical cause, for more than 50 percent of the time over a 2 year period, and is associated with recurrent bouts of acute bronchitis.

All of the above are worsened considerably by cigarette smoking.
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
Find out what causes asthma, and how to take control of your symptoms.
Healing home remedies for common ailments
Tricks to help you quit for good.
Is your area one of the dirtiest-air cities in the nation?
Smoking substitute may not provide such a healthy swap, after all.
How to lower your heart attack risk.