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Bronchitis: Symptoms and Treatment

When the lung airways become inflamed, it causes coughing and excess mucus production. This is otherwise known as bronchitis. Bronchitis can be either acute or chronic. Acute bronchitis is very common. It affects people of all ages and has easily recognizable symptoms.

Symptoms of Bronchitis

Symptoms associated with bronchitis include persistent coughing, hoarseness, shortness of breath, congestion, and wheezing. Sometimes, bronchitis causes a runny nose and a low-grade fever. A bronchitis cough is typically productive with a significant amount of mucus.

Bronchitis Causes

Various triggers can cause a bout of bronchitis. The most common include viral infections, especially the flu or a cold. Allergens and air pollutants can also give rise to bronchitis. In some cases, a bacterial infection may lead to bronchitis. Other bronchitis causes include cigarette smoke, old age, a history of COPD or asthma, and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease).

It is important to note that a person with chronic bronchitis is not at higher risk of contracting COVID-19. However, having chronic bronchitis can increase the risk of COVID-19 complications.

Diagnosing Bronchitis

Bronchitis symptoms may mimic those of other conditions. Therefore, a doctor will review the medical history and symptoms of a patient before making a diagnosis. They will also do a physical examination, listening to the lungs for abnormal sounds. Some doctors insist on chest X-rays to rule out pneumonia. A sputum test may also be necessary to check for viral or bacterial infection.

Treating Bronchitis

Viral bronchitis usually goes away with rest, hydration, and cough medicine. Antibiotics may be required if the cause of bronchitis is a bacterial infection. Chronic bronchitis might require inhalers or other medications to reduce inflammation and keep the airways open.

Preventing Bronchitis

Preventing bronchitis usually means avoiding infections by washing hands and avoiding contact with sick people. However, it is also important to stop smoking. Other means of prevention include:

  • Avoiding fumes and second-hand smoke
  • Getting pneumonia or flu vaccine, depending on age
  • Getting a COVID-19 vaccine and booster shots

Visit Legacy ER & Urgent Care for Bronchitis Treatment

Legacy ER & Urgent Care is here to meet your medical care needs by providing affordable pricing and quality care. As part of Intuitive Health’s innovative hybrid model ER and urgent care system, patients are only billed for the level of care they receive from professional and highly trained medical staff. With six facilities located in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, emergent and non-emergent care are accessible and transparent, focusing on superb customer service.

Legacy ER & Urgent Care has six convenient locations in the DFW area:

  • Allen – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 1310 W. Exchange Pkwy Allen, TX 75013, and may be reached at 972-526-5819.
  • Coppell – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 330 S Denton Tap Rd Coppell, TX 75019 and may be reached at 469-702-9917.
  • Frisco East – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 16151 Eldorado Pkwy Frisco, TX 75035 and may be reached at 972-526-7009.
  • Frisco West – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 9205 Legacy Dr. Frisco, TX 75033, and may be reached at 972-526-7020.
  • McKinney – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 2810 Hardin Blvd McKinney, TX 75072 and may be reached at 972-573-6688.
  • North Richland Hills – Legacy ER & Urgent Care is located at 8950 N. Tarrant Pkwy North Richland Hills, TX 76182, and may be reached at 817-663-1247