What is Bronchitis?
Bronchitis is a disease of the respiratory system where the mucus membrane present in the bronchial passages of the lungs become inflamed. The membrane grows thicker as it swells due to the irritation. The thickening narrows down and blocks the minute airways resulting in coughs with breathlessness and phlegm. The two types of bronchitis are acute and chronic.
• Acute bronchitis is caused due to viruses that commonly cause flu and colds.
• Chronic bronchitis is caused due to smoking cigarettes, dust, air pollution and the exposure to the toxic gases at work or environment.
The general symptoms for acute and chronic bronchitis are:
• Coughing spells
• Mucus- may be clear white, green, yellowish-gray or sometimes streaked with blood.
• Chills and low fever
• Discomfort of the chest
As acute bronchitis is caused by virus, it cannot be treated with antibiotics. A majority of cases resolve without medications in two weeks. Your doctor may prescribe medications under some circumstances.
• Cough medication
• medications to help with other conditions like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
• pulmonary rehabilitation therapies and breathing exercises may help with chronic bronchitis
Bronchitis can be prevented by the following methods:
• Stop cigarette smoking.
• Get vaccinated against flu as many cases of bronchitis are due to the influenza virus.
• Keep your hands clean by washing them frequently. This will decrease the chances of a viral infection.
• If you suffer from COPD, you might want to wear surgical mask when in public or at work.
What You Can Expect When You Visit Our Clinics
1. Stop by our front desk to visit a certified Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant. No appointment is required.
2. Your medical practitioner will examine your medical background, go over your medical issues, perform an examination and supply you with an individualized plan for treatment. This might consist of non-prescription items or a medical prescription.
3. Towards the end of your visit to our clinic, your medical attendant will give you an overview, an invoice and some instructional material may be given.
4. The overview of your clinic visit can be forwarded to your primary health care provider with your authorization.