Bronchitis is a tale of two very different conditions. Acute bronchitis is a short-lived viral infection, while chronic bronchitis is not curable and gets progressively worse. First Care Bossier and Stonewell in Bossier City and Stonewall, Louisiana, offers comprehensive bronchitis management. From lifestyle changes to medications, they provide treatments that support your lung health. If you develop a nagging cough, schedule an appointment online or call the nearest office.
Bronchitis occurs when the tubes that carry air to and from your lungs become inflamed. There are two types of bronchitis, acute and chronic:
Acute bronchitis, often called a chest cold, most often develops when you have a cold or flu, and the virus travels into your lungs. However, allergens, dust, and exposure to tobacco smoke can cause the same problem.
The viral infection should get better in about 10 days. Though it’s not common, some people develop a secondary bacterial infection.
Chronic bronchitis occurs when you have ongoing inflammation in the lung’s airways. This condition is a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and a serious problem that isn’t curable.
The top cause of chronic bronchitis is cigarette smoking. You can also develop the disease from air pollution and toxic gases.
Whether you have acute or chronic bronchitis, you have symptoms such as:
If you have acute bronchitis, your cough may last for several weeks after the infection clears up. A fever and cough that produces discolored mucus are signs you developed a secondary bacterial infection.
Chronic bronchitis causes a mucus-producing cough that lasts at least three months and keeps recurring for at least two years. You could also develop an acute infection in addition to your chronic bronchitis.
The treatment for acute bronchitis differs from chronic bronchitis:
Acute bronchitis heals on its own after the virus runs its course. While you’re sick, it helps to rest, drink plenty of fluids, and take over-the-counter medications to relieve your cough and pain. If you develop a bacterial infection, First Care Bossier may prescribe an antibiotic.
The inflammation and airway obstruction caused by chronic bronchitis get worse over the years. As a result, this disease requires a long-term plan with ongoing medical management.
The first step is to stop smoking. Your provider understands that it’s hard to break a cigarette habit or addiction. They support your efforts by prescribing medications and helping you find more intensive treatment if needed.
Depending on the severity of your chronic bronchitis, you may need one or more of the following to maintain the health of your lungs and slow down disease progression:
If you need treatment for bronchitis, call First Care Bossier, or schedule a telehealth or in-person visit online.