Whether it’s dry or wet and productive, coughing can be annoying and tiring. Sometimes a cough can be a sign of bronchitis, croup, upper respiratory infection, or pneumonia. Dragonfly Health can evaluate your symptoms and provide a treatment plan which may include over-the-counter or prescription medications if needed.
Patients with the following may be directed to another health care setting:
Bronchitis is caused when bronchial tubes that carry air into and out of your lungs become inflamed and irritated. This makes them swell and produce mucus that causes coughing.
There are two types of bronchitis — acute and chronic. Acute bronchitis usually gets better in a couple of days, but your cough can last for a few weeks. Chronic bronchitis is bronchitis that lasts longer than 3 months.
A virus usually causes acute bronchitis. It could follow a respiratory infection like a cold or the flu. Seniors, babies and young children are most at risk of getting acute bronchitis.
The most common cause of chronic bronchitis is smoking cigarettes. It also can be caused by long-term exposure to air pollution, dust or toxins in the environment.
If you have acute bronchitis, you might experience:
A high fever or more severe symptoms including chills or shortness of breath may be signs of pneumonia. If you are not sure what’s wrong with you, visit a health care provider who can diagnose and treat you. Major chronic bronchitis symptoms include:
Treatment for acute bronchitis is to relieve symptoms. Since bronchitis is a viral infection, antibiotics aren’t usually prescribed.
Here are a few ways to help:
If you see a practitioner, he or she might prescribe medicine to help relieve your cough or reduce the inflammation in your lungs.
Chronic bronchitis, on the other hand, is more serious and can require frequent medical treatment.