Eight Signs You Have Bronchitis and How to Treat it
A persistent cough, whether dry or producing phlegm, is a common symptom of the coronavirus, cold, flu, bronchitis, or pneumonia. When you’re experiencing a cough that won’t go away, it’s important to schedule an appointment with Dr. Avi Ishaaya at Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers for lung testing. During a lung test, he can evaluate your lung function to confirm a bronchitis diagnosis. Next, he will make professional treatment suggestions to resolve your bronchitis symptoms in Los Angeles, CA.
What is bronchitis?
Bronchitis occurs when the bronchioles are inflamed and make too much mucus. There are two types of bronchitis, including:
Acute or short-term bronchitis: This is most common and usually caused by a viral infection. Acute bronchitis can cause symptoms for even two to three weeks.
Chronic bronchitis: This has a productive cough for three months out of the year for at least two years. This can be caused by a respiratory infection, illness, or another irritant.
Many of our patients at Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers wonder, “How do I know if I have bronchitis?” Ultimately, a visit to our Los Angeles, CA office will help you confirm a bronchitis diagnosis and begin treatment to resolve your symptoms.
Signs and symptoms of bronchitis
Some of the most common signs of bronchitis include:
Cough with or without mucus
Mild body aches
Shortness of breath
Soreness in the chest
When you’re experiencing bronchitis symptoms, schedule an illness exam as soon as possible.
How to diagnose bronchitis
First, we perform a physical examination and take your medical history. Next, we may order a chest x-ray or a lung test that tests the capacity, health, and function of your lungs. Our radiology suite in Los Angeles, CA contains state-of-the-art equipment with a certified radiologist on site. This means that he will get your imaging results back quickly, so we can start your treatment much faster. We can use these tests to diagnose lung disorders or lung disease.
How is bronchitis treated?
Treatment for bronchitis depends on what type you have. If you have acute bronchitis, you might not need any treatment and can use over-the-counter drugs that break up mucus and treat a fever. If you have a bacterial infection, your doctor might prescribe antibiotics. When you have chronic bronchitis, your treatment may be different. Chronic bronchitis is not curable. Treatment may require oxygen therapy, inhalers, or a combination of treatments.
Get examined for your persistent cough today
At Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers in Los Angeles, CA, we offer lung testing that helps us to detect common lung conditions and diseases, including bronchitis. Dr. Avi Ishaaya is well-trained and certified in pulmonary medicine to help his patients resolve their symptoms. To learn more about what we can do for your health, call our team to schedule an appointment to discuss pulmonary function testing.