Bronchitis occurs when the lining of the bronchial tubes, which carry air to your lungs, becomes inflamed. When the bronchial tubes get infected, they swell, and mucus builds up, making it difficult to breathe.
Bronchitis is often the result of a respiratory infection or a cold virus and usually lasts for 7-10 days. Exposure to secondhand smoke, air pollution, and dust in the air can cause chronic forms of bronchitis.
Symptoms of bronchitis can be very similar to those of a common cold. Additional bronchitis symptoms include:
A cough related to bronchitis can last a long time while your bronchial tubes are trying to heal themselves. If your cough does not go away, it can indicate a more severe problem, like pneumonia or asthma.
Sometimes, it can be difficult to tell the difference between a common cold and bronchitis.
Your experienced physician at Patel, Pulliam, and Hubli Medical first evaluates your symptoms during a comprehensive physical exam. Effective communication is vital, and discussing your symptoms and medical history is an essential step in diagnosis.
Depending on your symptoms, your doctor may recommend a chest X-ray to rule out pneumonia or other potential issues. For your convenience, the team at Patel, Pulliam, and Hubli Medical offer X-rays and full laboratory services on-site.
A viral infection usually causes bronchitis, so it often clears up on its own with rest and proper self-care. It’s not typically responsive to antibiotics and medications.
However, your doctor may recommend an inhaler, medications to help ease your cough or other medications for your lungs that open narrowed passages and reduce inflammation.
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