Bronchitis Specialist

Ebonee Lyons, DNP -  - Family Nurse Practitioner

Lyons Family Care

Ebonee Lyons, DNP

Family Nurse Practitioner located in Homewood, AL

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.

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What is bronchitis?

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:

  • Smoke
  • Have asthma
  • Have allergies

Bronchitis comes in two forms, acute and chronic. Acute bronchitis is a short-term condition, while chronic bronchitis recurs over time.

Acute bronchitis

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

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:

  • Exposure to fumes or secondhand smoke
  • A family history of lung disease
  • A history of childhood respiratory diseases

Having gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) also increases your likelihood of getting chronic bronchitis.

What are the symptoms of bronchitis?

A cough is the most common sign of bronchitis. Other symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Chest pain or soreness
  • Low-grade fever or chills
  • Tiredness

It’s also common for your lungs to produce mucus that’s white, clear, green, or yellowish-gray in color.

How is bronchitis diagnosed?

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.

How is bronchitis treated?

Dr. Lyons tailors a treatment plan to your form of bronchitis. Your treatments may include:  

  • Antibiotics, such as azithromycin or amoxicillin
  • Albuterol, a liquid medication, which is inhaled via a device called a nebulizer
  • Steroids, which are inhaled in an aerosol spray
  • Breathing treatments to provide additional oxygen
  • Flu and pneumonia shots

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.