This is a question that comes to everyone’s mind whenever we get in contact with someone suffering from bronchitis. To know whether bronchitis is contagious or not depends on the nature of the diseases. There are two main types of bronchitis; acute and chronic bronchitis. The acute bronchitis is caused by viral infection and normally last for a short period of time. It is often accompanied by cough with wet sputum and severe chest pain. It can also include fever and severe headaches. This form of bronchitis is extremely contagious. It can spread rapidly through cough, sneeze or by getting in close contact with infected person.
On the other hand, chronic bronchitis is not contagious. Though the symptoms vary widely, they are almost similar to that of acute bronchitis and manifest in form of shortness of breath, constant cough that produces lots of thick mucus and headaches. Chronic bronchitis often lasts for longer period of time. The main cause is smoking. Other causes include long term exposure to dust and pollutants. Chronic bronchitis can develop to a more serious respiratory problem like pneumonia if not properly treated.
It is important to realise that chronic bronchitis have the tendency to become contagious if it persists for a very long time. This often occurs when the bacteria starts to develop and is emitted into the air.
It is essential to note that the use of antibiotics for treatment of acute bronchitis is not an effective method since it is a viral infection. What is required of a sufferer is to take adequate rest and drink plenty of water.
To minimize the spread of bronchitis it is better to avoid getting in contact with anyone who coughs persistently. Also, the affected person should cover his mouth when coughing and should also wash his hands regularly with antibacterial soap.
For both acute and chronic bronchitis, it is advisable to visit the doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. Early detection and treatment will cure and prevent the spread of the disease.