Bronchitis is a common respiratory condition that causes inflammation in the lining of your bronchial tubes. Bronchitis can range in intensity but is usually easy to address with the help of Haroon Rashid, MD, and his team at the Urgent Care Center of Arlington in Arlington, Virginia. To discuss your condition with the experienced medical team, book an appointment online or by phone today or visit the Urgent Care Center of Arlington as a walk-in.
The bronchial tubes are responsible for carrying air to and from your lungs. When the lining of those tubes becomes inflamed, it can result in excessive coughing, shortness of breath, and excess production of mucus. The most common cause of bronchitis is cigarette smoke, as the fumes irritate your lungs and lining of your bronchial tubes.
There are two main types of bronchitis: acute and chronic. Acute bronchitis is most common and is usually the result of a cold or the flu as the same virus that causes the flu or cold can also cause acute bronchitis. Chronic bronchitis is most commonly caused by consistent exposure to irritants like cigarette smoke and occupational chemicals.
There are a number of ways to diagnose bronchitis. At the Urgent Care Center of Arlington, the team uses on-site chest X-rays and lab tests to help confirm cases of bronchitis. In the beginning stages of the illness, it can be difficult to distinguish from a common cold. However, as bronchitis develops a number of common symptoms begin to arise.
It’s important to speak with the team at the Urgent Care Center of Arlington if you notice discolored mucus or if your cough lasts more than a week or two. If left untreated, bronchitis can lead to pneumonia, an infection inside one or both of your lungs.
Depending on the cause of your condition, there are several options for effective treatment of acute bronchitis. Although acute bronchitis generally clears up on its own, if your symptoms last more than a few weeks additional treatment may be necessary.
If you have bronchitis that’s caused by a cold or virus, the team at the Urgent Care Center of Arlington provides nebulizer therapy to help decrease inflammation in your bronchial tubes.
Meanwhile, if the team determines bacteria to be the source of your bronchitis, antibiotics are the best option for treatment.
To learn more if you’re experiencing any of the symptoms of bronchitis, book an appointment at the Urgent Care Center of Arlington online or by phone today or visit the clinic as a walk-in.