Bronchitis is caused by pathogens. It is an inflammation of the large bronchi of the lungs. Bronchitis can be as a result of bacteria or viral infections. The contagious viruses include influenza, rhino virus and respiratory syntactical virus. When a healthy person comes into contact with a person suffering from bronchitis, chances of a bronchitis contagious taking place are high. This is through the mucous, cough and sputum. Sharing food or drinks in one container is a sure way of getting the contagious pathogens.
The symptoms of bronchitis contagious are an expectorating cough, fever, fatigue, shortness of breath, wheezing and chest pains. One may have some or all of the above mentioned symptoms. The condition is further revealed by a doctor's physical examination. This will include a variety of tests to the breathing sounds, sputum, blood and a chest x-ray.
A sputum test will show neutrophil granulocytes. These are inflammatory white blood cells. They usually infiltrate the lung tissue as a result of damage to the airways. Bronchitis contagious can be treated by antibiotics. This is if the results of the disease are bacteria pathogens. Bronchitis caused by smoking can not be treated by anything else but quitting the habit.
An expectorant cough syrup can be a useful drug if the cause of the condition is bacteria. They will be flushed out of the lungs. Bronchitis contagious caused by a viral infection usually disappear on its own after a few days. If the cough lasts for more than a month, a doctor should be consulted to check there are other underlying causes.