Acute Bronchitis

Man Suffering With Acute Bronchitis

Acute Bronchitis generally refers to an acute inflammation of the central airways which is usually self-limited and associated with near-complete healing within 4-8 weeks. Viral infections are a common cause, especially in the winter, but other factors such as air pollution, irritant fumes, and some bacteria may also produce bronchitis. The infectious causes are often spread by aerosol inhalation to other close contacts.


What are the Symptoms of Acute Bronchitis?

An acute change in cough, especially with colored sputum production, in addition to upper airway symptoms such as sore throat and nasal congestion may be seen. Muscle aches, low-grade fever, and wheezing are also common. Complications of bronchitis include bronchopneumonia, cough-related chest wall pain, and sleep deprivation. The severity of the symptoms also depends on the underlying state of the heart and lungs; for example, breathing may be greatly worsened in patients who have severe chronic obstructive disease.


How is Acute Bronchitis Treated?

Rest is important when you have acute bronchitis - woman sleeping

Rest, oral fluids, cough suppressants and suppression of fever are usually adequate to treat most viral infectious flares of bronchitis. However, antibiotics may be necessary in patients with concomitant chronic lung disease who have increased volume of colored sputum and fever, or in patients who require hospitalization. If antibiotics are prescribed, they should be taken for a full course, even if you feel better after two or three days.


Call Our Office if You Suspect You or a Loved One Have Acute Bronchitis

Although acute bronchitis is not usually dangerous, the infection that causes the bronchitis can develop into pneumonia, if not monitored by a doctor. Acute bronchitis can also intensify the symptoms of other breathing disorders, such as asthma or COPD. Our group of pulmonary specialist doctors can diagnosis, treat and monitor your bronchitis with the help of their competent and professional staff. Call our office today to make your appointment to get exceptional and quality care.

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