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Has anyone ever heard of the childhood (only?) illness called (spelling sorry) Bronchiolitis? How is that different from bronchitis?

My older daughter had both as a baby, just can't remember the difference.

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Asked by lfl at 10:24 PM on Oct. 3, 2009 in Kids' Health

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  • google it

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:29 PM on Oct. 3, 2009

  • "Bronchitis is inflammation of the large airways in the chest and pneumonia is inflammation of the lung. Bronchiolitis is inflammation of the smaller airways connecting the two."

    This article seems to have the information you are looking for.

    Answer by Bmat at 10:35 PM on Oct. 3, 2009

  • Bronchiolitis is something only very young children get diagnosed with... it's kind of a catch all for a bunch of symptoms... for example... RSV is a kind of bronchiolitis
    Having the diagnosis of bronchiolitis vs bronchitis has to do with how old you are and lung development

    Answer by AmiJanell at 10:58 AM on Oct. 4, 2009

  • Adults and older children can get Bronchiolitis too, it is not just a childhood or infant thing. I had it in high school. Bronchiolitis is inflammation of the smaller airways, Bronchitis is inflammation of the larger ariways. As with ANY medical condtion, ASK THE DOCTOR or his/her nurse when you are questions or concerns about your child's medical conditions. That is where you will get the most accurate information.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 5:41 PM on Oct. 4, 2009

  • Bronchiolitis is not just in very young children. Anyone can get it because anyone has BRONCIOLES!!

    RSV is NOT a kind of bronchiolitis..they are two different things that often coincide. I know, because my son had the BOTH. (tested and diagnosed!)

    Bronchiolitis is in the broncioles, bronchitis is in the bronchial tubes. Two different areas of the lungs.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:50 PM on Oct. 4, 2009

  • you inhale through your mouth into the pharynx then down the trachea wch braches into the right and left bronchus the bronchus (the right and the left) break down into the bronchioles-- the bronchioles -- and there is your infection-- if it was further down we'd call it pneumonia

    a virus or a bacteria can cause it-- RSV is a common cause but certainly not the only cause-- although anyone at any age can get it-- it would be unusual for an adult to get it since they cough up and clean their bronchioles pretty well

    Answer by MELRN at 9:05 PM on Oct. 4, 2009

  • The difference between bronchitis and bronchiolitis is that they are located in two different parts of your bronchials. Other than that, they symptoms & treatment are pretty much the same. According to my sons ped when he was first diagnosed with it when he was 5 months, most kids get either bronchitis or bronchiolitis during their first year of life

    Answer by Jaydin_Makenna at 2:38 PM on Oct. 5, 2009

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