Are you suffering from symptoms of bronchitis? Don’t take a chance and wait for it to go away, visit SignatureCare Emergency Center today. Our trained emergency room staff will diagnose your bronchitis and provide treatment in our clean, fast, state-of-the-art facilities. Call or schedule an appointment today for quick relief! Bronchitis occurs when the lining of the lungs is inflamed, which can lead to coughing, wheezing and difficulty breathing. Bronchitis may last a few days, or it may occur for months at a time.
Common Causes of Bronchitis:
Acute Bronchitis – Acute bronchitis occurs when bronchial tubes in the lungs are inflamed for a short period of time, usually between 1 to 3 weeks. Symptoms of acute bronchitis include coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing and fever. There are three main causes of acute bronchitis.
Viral infections – Viral infections such as colds, RSV, and other upper respiratory infections may cause bronchitis. If the bronchitis is viral in nature, it cannot be treated with antibiotics.
Bacterial infections – A bacterial infection may lead to bronchitis. If a bacterial infection is the cause of the inflammation, the phlegm will be dark yellow or green, and bronchitis can be treated with antibiotics.
Industrial pollution – Dust, smoke and other particles can irritate the bronchial tubes and cause them to swell.
Chronic bronchitis – Chronic bronchitis occurs when the inflammation in the lungs lasts for 3 months or more. Since chronic bronchitis can lead to coughing fits and difficulty breathing, it may be accompanied by insomnia and fatigue.
Smoking – Smoking is the primary cause of chronic bronchitis because of the smoke damages and irritates the bronchial tubes. If a person has chronic bronchitis and emphysema, then he will be diagnosed with COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Overexposure to fumes, vapors or other irritants – People who work in coal mines, grain mills, and metal molding factories are exposed to irritants that can cause chronic bronchitis.
Frequent episodes of acute bronchitis – If a person has had acute bronchitis multiple times, his lung tissue may be damaged, which can lead to chronic bronchitis. In some cases, a patient may have chronic bronchitis that is temporarily made worse by a case of acute bronchitis.
There is no cure for chronic bronchitis, but over-the-counter pain relievers, cough suppressants, humidifiers, and steroids may help alleviate symptoms.
When to seek medical attention:
If you have had bronchitis for several weeks or if you have difficulty breathing, then you should seek medical care. During the exam, your doctor will listen to your heart and lungs, and he may schedule an x-ray or scans to determine whether you have bronchitis. Schedule an appointment or visit one of our emergency rooms if you experience the following symptoms:
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest pain
- Coughing up blood
- Flu-like symptoms
- High fever
If you are suffering from severe symptoms associated with bronchitis, visit the closest emergency room. please visit one of our emergency room locations immediately. We are available 24/7 to help you breathe easier.