If your continuous coughing is keeping you awake at night, or if you’ve been coughing for longer than two weeks, you may have bronchitis. At Premium Healthcare in Downers Grove and Crest Hill, Illinois, Dr. Jose Rivera Guerrero and Dr. Cristina Perez offer advanced diagnostic testing to confirm bronchitis. They also offer effective solutions to control your cough and improve your breathing, including long-term solutions for treating chronic bronchitis. Schedule an appointment online or by calling the office to learn more about available bronchitis treatments.
The tubes that carry air to and from your lungs are known as the bronchial tubes. When the lining of these tubes become inflamed, your doctor diagnoses bronchitis.
There are two types of bronchitis: acute and chronic. In acute bronchitis, your tubes become inflamed due to a virus or respiratory infection. Acute bronchitis is a common condition that typically improves within a week and causes no long-term complications.
In chronic bronchitis, you have persistent inflammation and irritation of the bronchial tube lining. You can develop chronic bronchitis from smoking cigarettes, or from other environmental factors, like dust and pollution.
Whether you have acute or chronic bronchitis, you may experience symptoms like:
You also produce excessive mucus when coughing. Mucus can be clear, green, white, or yellow. In rare cases, streaks of blood may also be present.
In chronic bronchitis, you continue to have a cough that lasts three months or longer. Your cough and other symptoms can worsen over time or you may develop an additional infection in your lungs.
If you experience persistent coughing and mucus production, Dr. Guerrero and Dr. Perez discuss your symptoms and the severity of your cough. They listen to your lungs to identify any abnormalities.
They may request additional testing to determine if there is inflammation in your bronchial tubes and rule out other medical conditions. These tests may include:
For acute bronchitis, your doctor may recommend over-the-counter or prescription medications to control your cough and increase your comfort level. If you have other lung conditions, such as asthma, you may need to use your inhaler treatments to assist with breathing. Antibiotic medications aren’t effective in treating bronchitis, as the condition is the result of a virus and not bacteria.
If you have chronic bronchitis, your doctor may recommend pulmonary therapies that include breathing exercises to help lessen coughs and improve your breathing.
Your doctor may also recommend lifestyle changes, including using a humidifier to make coughs more productive. You should also make efforts to stop smoking and avoid environmental irritants that can trigger coughs.
To learn more about available treatments for bronchitis, schedule an appointment online or by phone.