A respiratory tract infection that causes inflammation of the trachea and the bronchi. Beginning with a dry cough that turns to one producing mucus, the infection may cause discomfort during inhalation. Treatment generally is the same as for coughs or colds -- cough suppressants and plenty of liquids. Moistening the air with a humidifier will help clear passages of mucus. A physician should be consulted if symptoms persist or if there is a possibility of more serious infection.
Bronchitis is an inflammation of the breathing tubes (airways) that are called bronchi, which causes increased production of mucus and other changes. Although there are several different types of bronchitis, the two most common are acute and chronic. Acute bronchitis is the inflammation of mucous membranes of the bronchial tubes.