Classified as a respiratory disease, Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial passages. These passages restrict airflow in the lungs causing breathlessness or coughing.
Bronchitis is classified as either acute or chronic. Chronic bronchitis is a long term condition requiring medical attention while acute is more short term. Those who smoke or are exposed to industrial pollutants are more prone to bronchitis, specifically chronic bronchitis.
Symptoms include coughing, phlegm, soreness in the chest, and wheezing. Bronchitis can be treated with rest and plenty of fluids. Avoid smoke as much as possible. If necessary, a doctor can presribe a bronchodilator or strong cough syrup. While antibiotics aren’t necessary, they still may be prescribed to prevent further complications.
If you experience symptoms of bronchitis, visit Urgent Care. We are staffed with board-certified doctors and medical staff who can diagnose and treat you on site. Visit us today at 1030 Boulevard in West Hartford CT or call 860-986-6440.