Bronchitis Treatment Questions and Answers
If you have any questions about bronchitis, then read our Q and A or connect with us at Kingwood Urgent Care. Please call us for more information or request an appointment online. We serve patients from Kingwood TX, Huffman TX, Atascocita TX, Humble TX, Porter TX, New Caney TX, Houston TX, Crosby TX, Dayton TX, Mont Belvieu TX and Spring TX.
Do you think you might have bronchitis or do you think your child may have it? Kingwood Urgent Care would like to help, so we’ve prepared a Q&A on bronchitis treatment! Keep reading to learn about bronchitis and how we treat it at our clinic.
What are the symptoms of bronchitis?
Bronchitis can have a sudden onset or be ongoing. For either case, some of the signs and symptoms can include:
- Mucus production
- Shortness of breath
- Slight fever with chills
- Chest discomfort
A sudden onset of bronchitis can produce cold symptoms, like body aches or a mild headache. Bronchitis symptoms are typically mild, but you should see a professional if your cough:
- Is affecting your sleep
- Is accompanied by fever over 100.4 F (38 C)
- Produces discolored mucus or any blood
- Is associated with shortness of breath or wheezing
- Lasts over three weeks
How long does bronchitis last?
With sudden (acute) bronchitis, symptoms often improve by themselves within a week or so, but your cough may linger for several weeks. With ongoing (chronic) bronchitis, the symptoms recur. Chronic bronchitis is bronchitis that’s lasted at least three months, and you should see a professional about it. See a professional if you have repeated bouts of bronchitis.
Consider seeing someone even if you have acute and minor bronchitis, as a professional may be able to help to speed up your recovery and relieve your symptoms!
What is the fastest way to cure bronchitis?
With acute bronchitis, some people choose to wait and see if the symptoms get better or go away in a couple weeks. These people should consider using a humidifier, wearing a mask outside, and avoiding lung irritants (like smoke).
Other people want to address their symptoms right away. If you want symptom relief and you want it soon, you should see a professional and ask about getting medication. Medication can help a lot in certain cases.
What is the best medicine for bronchitis?
The best medicine or best way of handling bronchitis depends on the cause! Most cases of bronchitis are caused by viral infection, so an antibiotic won’t help in these cases. But when a case is caused by a bacterial infection, the professional you see could prescribe an antibiotic. An antibiotic can help clear up a bacterial infection quickly.
Sometimes, like with some viral infections, a professional will recommend a different kind of medication, like cough medicine. Cough medicine could help you if your cough has been keeping you awake at night. Other medications may help if you have asthma, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In some cases, an inhaler can help reduce inflammation and open narrowed lung passages.
For a case of chronic bronchitis, pulmonary rehabilitation can help. A professional may be able to refer you for such a service.
Where can I get bronchitis treatment?
You can get treated for bronchitis at a doctor’s clinic or an urgent care clinic. Urgent care can see you right away without the need for an appointment, so this might be the best option for you if you want symptom relief soon. They can see anyone in your family, including your child or an elderly parent.
That’s it for our Q&A on bronchitis treatment! We hope you found it helpful and that you learned something new today. We welcome you to reach out to us at Kingwood Urgent Care if you have any other questions about bronchitis or bronchitis treatment, and we wish you and your family good health!