Bronchitis is a common illness where the linings of the bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from the lungs, become inflamed. Millions of people are diagnosed with bronchitis every year, and many more of them have it without a diagnosis.
If you think you or someone in your family has bronchitis, it’s important to be treated for it because it can get out of hand easily and become chronic. We deliver acute bronchitis treatment, which feels like a terrible head cold with a stubborn cough that often lasts for weeks. We also provide chronic bronchitis treatment, which lasts longer and seems to come back every year.
Both kinds of bronchitis have the same symptoms:
- Coughing, often bringing up yellow or green mucus
- Feeling very tired
- Mild fever
- Chest pain (from coughing)
Bronchitis can sometimes clear up on its own, but it usually lasts so long that many patients want to see a doctor. You should definitely see a doctor if there is blood in the mucus coughed up.
Bronchitis is caused by the same viruses that bring colds and flu, so antibiotics won’t help it.
We prescribe bronchitis medicines that can bring relief faster than waiting it out with over the counter cough medicines from drug stores. Both will suppress (reduce) coughs so the patient can get some much-needed sleep and help clear mucus from the chest.
Prescription cough medicine like Virtussin has additional suppressants like codeine to reduce coughs, while at the same time, helping coughs bring up mucus. Inhalers like albuterol sulfate stop wheezing and shortness of breath that can happen from constant coughing.
Chronic Bronchitis Treatment
Bronchitis is painful enough, but if it becomes chronic (constant), treatment is necessary to prevent it from turning into a more serious illness like pneumonia, which is an infection of one or both lungs.
Although bronchitis is caused by a virus, cigarette smoking is the most common cause of chronic bronchitis.