Maiden Lane Medical
Multi-Specialty Group Practice located in New York, NY
If you have a cough, sore throat, and a fever, it could be more than the flu: It could be bronchitis. To get on the path toward a healthy respiratory tract, contact our Internist at Maiden Lane Medical, New York. The multidisciplinary team of specialists offer patients a wide range of treatment options for bronchitis and other common health concerns. To book an appointment, call the office today or schedule online.
What is bronchitis?
Bronchitis happens when the lining of the lungs become inflamed and severely irritated. Since the bronchial tubes carry air to and from your lungs, inflammation causes problems with breathing, chronic cough, and other uncomfortable symptoms.
Bronchitis often develops from a cold or another respiratory infection. When you have chronic bronchitis, your lungs are constantly inflamed. This often happens in people who smoke.
What are the symptoms of bronchitis?
With acute or chronic bronchitis, symptoms may vary from one individual to the next. Some of the most common signs include:
- Chronic cough
- Excess production of mucus
- Extreme fatigue
- Shortness of breath
People with bronchitis might also experience chest pain or trouble breathing. Acute bronchitis can manifest with symptoms of a fever, like body aches. With acute bronchitis, your symptoms usually resolve within about a week.
With chronic bronchitis, your symptoms may come and go. You may have periods where your symptoms are worse.
What causes bronchitis?
The cause of acute bronchitis is usually a virus, the same one that causes colds and flu. When it comes to chronic bronchitis, the cause is usually cigarette smoking. Other causes of bronchitis include exposure to air pollution, toxic chemicals, or gasses.
How is bronchitis cured?
There are several methods for treating bronchitis. Some of the most common treatment methods include cough medicine, inhalers, or other medications that help reduce inflammation and open up the passageways of the lungs.
If you have chronic bronchitis, you might benefit from pulmonary rehabilitation, which includes exercises, lifestyle, and dietary modifications to help you breathe more easily.
If you’d like to schedule a personalized consultation about bronchitis with our providers at Maiden Lane Medical today, call the office or schedule an appointment online.