Affordable bronchitis treatment near me in Gastonia, NC
Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchioles, also known as the bronchial tubes, which are the main air pathways to the lungs. Common symptoms of bronchitis include:
- Shortness of breath
- Low-grade fever
- Mucus production (usually yellowish or green in color)
- Chest pain
Acute bronchitis is usually caused by a common cold or viral infection and lasts for a week or two (or three). This infection will often go away without any treatment, or with simple over-the-counter medications and home remedies. Chronic bronchitis is long-term inflammation of the bronchioles and is characterized by productive coughing that occurs over several months. Chronic bronchitis may be caused by smoking tobacco products, air pollution, or allergens and may lead to COPD.
Acute bronchitis is contagious but usually requires minimal treatment. Chronic bronchitis is rarely infectious but may require a more concentrated treatment plan. Talk to your doctor if you have a cough that has lasted over three weeks, produces mucus or blood or is accompanied by a fever.
Treatment for bronchitis depends on whether the condition is acute (short-term) or chronic (long-term), as well as the severity of symptoms. During your appointment, talk to your doctor or provider about your symptoms and what treatment plan is right for you.