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Hello! My sister has a five years old son. He has always been very sensitive child. Whenever he catches cold he ends up with bronchitis. He coughs a lot and wheezing is often one of the symptoms he has. My sister is afraid he will get asthma. Her husband says that bronchitis and asthma are actually the same illness. Is there difference between asthma and bronchitis?

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Hello! Asthma and bronchitis are not the same illness. Although there are some similarities, especially in symptoms such as coughing, wheezing and chest tightness (symptoms in asthma are much more severe) there are also many differences. Bronchitis is usually acute and follows after cold and ends usually after seven to ten days. There is also chronic bronchitis which can lead to asthma in some cases. Asthma is chronic disease and it can’t be cured, it can only be controlled. In acute bronchitis there is no need for medications (when there are no signs of possible complications) and asthma needs proper and very well planned treatment.
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