Bronchitis causes a deep cough, chest pain, sore throat, and other miserable symptoms. It can affect patients of any age, and if it becomes severe bronchitis, may worsen and turn into a life threatening condition like pneumonia. Dr. Jon’s Urgent Care Center in Martinsville, Virginia is here to help patients through prompt diagnosis and immediate treatment. Bronchitis treatment varies according to the type of bronchitis, and Dr. Jon and the medical team are ready to prescribe a custom solution that allows patients to feel better as quickly as possible.
Bronchitis is a serious condition affecting the respiratory system. When you develop bronchitis, the mucus that lines your airways gets very inflamed. This inflammation results in swelling, and soon it impacts your ability to get air into your lungs. Bronchitis usually causes a serious and deep cough.
A deep cough is usually the first indicator of bronchitis. Often, the cough is so deep that it ends up causing pain in the chest. Some bronchitis sufferers will experience wheezing as well. It's not unusual for patients suffering from bronchitis to feel exhausted, as the cough and breathing problems may also interfere with sleep.
Acute bronchitis -- the most commonly occurring kind of bronchitis -- is usually caused by a virus, just as a cold and the flu are often the result of a virus. When caused by a virus, acute bronchitis is contagious. Acute bronchitis may also be caused by a bacterial infection. Bacterial bronchitis isn't contagious.
Chronic bronchitis is different, as it's often caused by controllable factors like cigarette smoking. Patients who regularly spend time in areas with heavy air pollution or dangerous chemicals may also be more likely to develop chronic bronchitis. Chronic bronchitis tends to return again and again unless a patient ends their exposure to cigarette smoke or other causes of the illness.
Several tests may be done to diagnose bronchitis. These include:
All of these tests can be done on site at Dr. Jon’s Urgent Care Center, allowing your doctor to quickly make a diagnosis and start the treatment needed to help you get better fast.
Bronchitis treatment is administered according to the type of bronchitis and your specific symptoms. Viral bronchitis treatment may include cough syrup, oral steroids such as prednisone, and anti-inflammatory drugs. With bacterial bronchitis, oral antibiotics are often the most helpful treatment.
Chronic bronchitis is a form of lung disease, so treatment often includes an effort to strengthen the lungs. This may include oral steroids, the use of bronchodilator medicine, and anti-inflammatory drugs.