Should I be treated for my Bronchitis?

by | Ask The Intern

What you need to know about bronchitis

A chest cold occurs when the airways of the lungs swell and produce mucus in the lungs. That’s what makes you cough. A chest cold, often called acute bronchitis, lasts less than 3 weeks and is the most common type of bronchitis. If you’ve had similar symptoms of bronchitis in the past and been treated successfully, you may want to be seen by telemedicine.

Common symptoms of bronchitis may include:

Symptoms of acute bronchitis last less than 3 weeks and can include:

      • Coughing with or without mucus
      • Soreness in the chest
      • Feeling tired (fatigue)
      • Mild headache
      • Mild body aches
      • Sore throat

How to help your bronchitis

  • Rest.
  • Drink extra water or other fluids.
  • Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen to relieve pain or fever.
  • Wait and watch (watchful waiting) for 1-2 days.
  • You may need to refill you medications from the last episode of bronchitis

When to Seek Medical Care

See a doctor if you have any of the following:

  • Temperature of 100.4 °F or higher
  • Cough with bloody mucus
  • Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
  • Symptoms that last more than 3 weeks
  • Repeated episodes of bronchitis

This list is not all-inclusive. Please see a doctor for any symptom that is severe or concerning.


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