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Asthma

Bronchial spasm

12/22/2008

Question:

I don`t have asthma but I do have a cold. When I went to my GP for a different reason and he herd me cough and he said I have bronchial spasm. What is bronchial spasm?

Answer:

Bronchospasm is a term used to describe tightening of the breathing tubes.  The breathing tubes carry air to the lungs.  A number of factors can cause spasm or tightening of the breathing tubes including some medications, dust, irritants, fumes, smoke, allergic reaction, asthma and exercise. 

Some people use the term "bronchial" or "croupy" cough to describe a low pitch, spasmodic type cough.  This type of cough is common with viral infections affecting the bronchial (breathing) tubes - generally referred to as bronchitis.

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Response by:

Cathy   Benninger, RN, MS, APRN, C-AE Cathy Benninger, RN, MS, APRN, C-AE
Clinical Assistant Professor
Director, OSU Asthma Center Educational Program
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University