A cough that just won’t go away could be a sign of chronic bronchitis. If you or a family member haven’t been able to get rid of a cough, it’s time to contact Northwest Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, conveniently located in Algonquin, Illinois. Dennis Keller, MD, Madhu Gundavaram, MD, Amanda Law, CNP, and their skilled team provide comprehensive care for chronic bronchitis, with therapies that include antibiotics, breathing treatment, and more. Call today or schedule a consultation online.
Bronchitis occurs when the bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from your lungs, become inflamed and infected. This produces a lasting cough and other symptoms.
Short-term bronchitis is called acute, while lasting bronchitis is called chronic. Chronic bronchitis is more serious. It’s one of the conditions that make up chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Chronic bronchitis causes constant inflammation in the lining of your airways. With chronic bronchitis, you typically have a cough that won’t go away after several months.
The most common signs of chronic bronchitis are:
Your type of cough varies. You might experience a:
With bronchitis, you may also feel sore, fatigued, or have fever and chills. It’s also common for your lungs to produce mucus that’s white, clear, green, or yellow in color.
Chronic bronchitis typically results from the same viruses and bacteria that cause colds and the flu. Other factors that may increase your risk of developing bronchitis include:
Exposure to pollution and chemicals can also put you at risk.
Your provider at Northwest Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine usually recommends one or more pulmonary function tests. These are noninvasive tests that measure air flow and lung volume.
Because chronic bronchitis shares some of the same symptoms of other respiratory problems, pulmonary function tests are needed to rule out conditions like pneumonia or emphysema. You might also need blood tests or a chest X-ray.
Your treatment will be tailored to the cause of your bronchitis. If a bacteria is causing your chronic bronchitis, your provider prescribes antibiotics.
If your bronchitis is related to asthma or allergies, your provider will recommend an inhaler. This device helps to open constricted airways, treating shortness of breath and allowing you to breathe more comfortably.
Although there’s no cure for chronic bronchitis, the proper treatment from the team at Northwest Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine may ease your symptoms. Effective treatment also halts the progression of chronic bronchitis, preventing more serious complications.
If you need prompt diagnosis and effective care for chronic bronchitis from respiratory experts, call Northwest Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine today or book a consultation online.