What are the major risk factors for chronic bronchitis?
Risk factors may not be a direct cause of chronic bronchitis, but seem to increase the likelihood of developing chronic bronchitis. Bronchitis can become chronic if:
- you smoke or live with a smoker
- you have low resistance to disease (very old, very young, or have immune disorder)
- you have frequent respiratory infections
- you have acid reflux (GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease)
- you are exposed to lung irritants on the job
- you are exposed to air pollution
To learn more:
- Bronchitis: Risk Factors
- The Mayo Clinic describes the different factors that put people at risk for developing chronic bronchitis.
- COPD Causes and Risk Factors
- This site provides information about the factors that contribute to COPD. It lists factors people can and can't control.
- COPD: Learn More, Breathe Better
(National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute)
- This gives several risk factors for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and what people can do to prevent the disease.