Bronchitis Treatment in Hell’s Kitchen
Have you been coughing a lot lately? Practically everyone coughs from time to time, especially during cold and flu season when bronchitis often develops along with another illness. As your body’s immune system works hard to fight off a viral infection, your lung’s airways may become inflamed and produce excess mucus. Also known as a chest cold, acute bronchitis is a temporary condition that usually resolves once the infection clears.
Chronic bronchitis is a different story. Often caused by long-term exposure to airborne lung irritants such as tobacco smoke, this potentially serious respiratory condition causes long-lasting airway inflammation. In addition to persistent coughing, chronic bronchitis can cause fever, chills, muscle aches, fatigue, a sore throat, chest congestion, and difficulty breathing.
Do You Need Bronchitis Treatment?
Without proper treatment, both types of bronchitis can lead to severe complications such as pneumonia. In general, you should seek medical attention if your bronchitis symptoms last longer than three weeks or include a high fever, shortness of breath, wheezing, or blood-tinged phlegm. For a prompt diagnosis and appropriate treatment, you are welcome to visit MedRite Urgent Care in Hell’s Kitchen.
To determine the cause of your cough, your MedRite provider may:
- Order a chest X-ray to rule out pneumonia and other lung conditions
- Take a sputum culture to test for a bacterial infection, which may require antibiotic treatment
- Recommend pulmonary function testing to check for signs of asthma and emphysema
If we diagnose you with bronchitis, your MedRite provider may suggest medication to help suppress your coughing, reduce your fever and ease your muscle aches. It will also be important for you to avoid exposure to smoke and other lung irritants.
Additionally, if you have chronic bronchitis, your MedRite provider may prescribe a corticosteroid inhaler with a long-acting bronchodilator to help widen your lung’s airways, or suggest a breathing exercise program to help improve your lung function.
Let’s Get to the Bottom of Your Cough
If you’ve been coughing for more than a few weeks, it would be a good idea to find out what’s going on. You’re in good hands with MedRite. We can determine the cause of your cough and, if necessary, suggest an appropriate bronchitis treatment strategy.
To learn more, visit or contact the MedRite Urgent Care walk-in clinic in Hell’s Kitchen today.