Bronchitis Treatment in Chapel Hill, NC
Bronchitis is a condition in which the bronchial tubes (which carry air to the lungs) become inflamed. Swelling and mucous in the tubes can cause coughing, fatigue, and fever. This condition is often caused by a viral or bacterial infection. Other causes include irritants like tobacco smoke, environmental toxins, food allergies and hormonal imbalance.
Bronchitis may become severe or life threatening for those with respiratory diseases such as asthma or COPD. Bronchitis lasting 2 to 3 weeks is known as "acute bronchitis” whereas prolonged or recurring symptoms are referred to as "chronic bronchitis.”
Symptoms of Bronchitis
- Shortness of breath
Severe Symptoms of Bronchitis
See a doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Coughing up blood
- Discolored mucous
- Difficulty sleeping due to bronchitis symptoms
- Symptoms lasting longer than 3 weeks
Common methods thought to be effective in treating bronchitis include antibiotics and inhalants which relieve bronchial swelling. Because bronchitis often goes away on its own, a humidifier, cough suppressants, or fever reducer is often sufficient. Respiratory therapy may also help those with chronic bronchitis learn to control an ease their breathing. Severe or persistent symptoms may pose serious health risks.
Living With Chronic Bronchitis
Living with chronic bronchitis is often a large inconvenience. However, there are measures you can take to minimize its symptoms. One of the most effective ways to reduce the symptoms of chronic bronchitis is to avoid exposure to potential irritants. This may mean keeping your house clean, limiting exposure to pet dander, and avoiding cigarette smoke.
Using a humidifier may also help alleviate symptoms of chronic bronchitis. When using a humidifier, be sure to regularly clean it by following the instructions given by the manufacturer in order to avoid the buildup of fungus and bacteria. Wearing a face mask may limit exposure to cold air, pollen, and other potential irritants. Keeping healthy through proper hygiene and vaccinations is also believed to be effective at reducing the severity and frequency of chronic bronchitis.
Request more information about bronchitis today. Call (919) 301-0841 or contact Dr. Bhavna Vaidya-Tank online.
Family Wellness Clinic & Regenesis MD
Address8020 Creedmoor Rd
Raleigh, NC 27613