While coughing is not something you want to do all the time, it does serve a productive purpose. It’s the response of the lungs to get rid of things that can be harmful. But if you’re coughing too much and too often, you may be suffering from chronic bronchitis, which is actually quite dangerous.
When the air tubes in your lungs stay inflamed and irritated for too long, they get damaged, and your chronic bronchitis can turn into lung disease, like emphysema and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).
This is not an illness to mess around with or ignore, so you need to do something about it. Dr. Dennis Kellar and Dr. Madhu Gundavaram, along with the team at Northwest Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine in Algonquin, Illinois, will first accurately diagnose your condition. If it’s chronic bronchitis, we’ll come up with a specific plan that deals with your individual needs and helps reduce your symptoms.
Symptoms and causes of bronchitis
If you’re noticing the following symptoms, come in to get yourself checked out:
- Persistent cough
- Excessive mucus, which may be colored
- Shortness of breath
- A tight chest
- Feeling tired and fatigued
The causes of chronic bronchitis can vary, but smoking cigarettes is the main culprit, and secondhand smoke can do the same damage. Air pollution and toxins from various workplaces like fumes, paint, exhaust, and allergens contribute to and cause the illness, as well. And smoke from fires and exposure to chemicals can create this condition, from which there is no cure.
Taking care of bronchitis
While acute bronchitis can be treated and eliminated, there’s no end for chronic bronchitis. However, the symptoms can be reduced and managed. Dr. Kellar and Dr. Gundavaram will test your mucus and see if your infection is bacterial. They may also need to do an X-ray or CT scan to eliminate pneumonia, and a pulmonary test will help us determine the overall strength of your lungs.
We’ll offer treatments to deal with your specific symptoms and reduce them as best we can. This can include:
- An inhaler using a bronchodilator
- Theophylline oral medication
- Pulmonary rehab
Our goal is to keep you as comfortable as possible and try to prevent your condition from becoming worse or turning into something else. Our team of respiratory and bronchitis experts are here to help. Call us or use the handy Request Appointment button and come see us as soon as possible.