Bronchitis describes the active inflammation of the bronchial tubes that deliver air to your lungs. Acute bronchitis occurs when inflammation sets in rapidly, manifesting with coughing, shortness of breath, and low-grade fever. The duration of acute bronchitis is usually under 10 days; however, coughing may last for weeks.
The Causes of Bronchitis
Most cases of bronchitis result from the spread of a virus from the nose or throat to the bronchial tubes.
Your risk of developing this condition increases if you are:
- An active smoker
- Diagnosed with asthma or allergy
- Recently exposed to a viral or bacterial infection
Fortunately, these symptoms typically resolve within a few weeks.
If you experience the following symptoms, you must seek medical assistance:
- Chest pain
- High fever
- Unexplained weight loss
- A barking type of cough
- Difficulty breathing
- A persistent cough that lasts more than 10 days
Treatment of Bronchitis
Here are some measures that you can take to control bronchitis:
- Take over-the-counter medications (e.g., ibuprofen, naproxen)
- Get a humidifier to moisturize the air
- Drink plenty of water
- Drink tea or ginger beverages
- Consume dark honey
Bronchitis is extremely common, especially in children. If you believe you have Bronchitis, telemedicine makes it possible for you to get the care you deserve. Schedule a virtual consultation with a Telakai Health online Provider and get on the road to recovery. Schedule your visit today.