A cough or sore throat could be a sign of a cold or something more serious, such as bronchitis. If you or a family member aren’t feeling well, it’s time to contact Lyons Family Care, conveniently located in Hoover, Alabama. Dr. Ebonee Lyons can provide comprehensive care for your condition, with therapies that include antibiotics, breathing treatments, and more. Call today or schedule a consultation online.
Bronchitis occurs when the airways to your lungs swell and become inflamed, causing coughing and other symptoms. With bronchitis, it’s often hard to breathe. Treatment generally focuses on opening your airways and reducing inflammation.
Your risk of bronchitis increases if you:
Bronchitis comes in two forms, acute and chronic. Acute bronchitis is a short-term condition, while chronic bronchitis recurs over time.
Acute bronchitis is the most common type of bronchitis. Often called a chest cold, acute bronchitis is usually caused by a virus. Acute bronchitis typically goes away after a week or two.
Chronic bronchitis causes constant inflammation in the lining of your airways. Chronic bronchitis produces a cough that lingers for several months. The condition typically returns more than two years in a row.
Your risk of chronic bronchitis rises with:
Having gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) also increases your likelihood of getting chronic bronchitis.
A cough is the most common sign of bronchitis. Other symptoms include:
It’s also common for your lungs to produce mucus that’s white, clear, green, or yellowish-gray in color.
Dr. Lyons will take a complete medical history and perform a physical exam. With a stethoscope, she’ll listen closely to your lungs for signs of infection.
To complete your diagnosis, you may need a chest X-ray. This can reveal whether pneumonia or another condition is causing your cough, which is of particular importance if you’re a smoker.
Dr. Lyons tailors a treatment plan to your form of bronchitis. Your treatments may include:
Injections can also give you relief from your symptoms. The goal of your therapy is to open your airways, improve your breathing, and set you on the path to recovery.
If you need prompt diagnosis and accurate care for your bronchitis, call Lyons Family Care today or book a consultation online.