Bronchitis Doctors Questions and Answers
Bronchitis can cause severe inflammation which can cause you to have several symptoms from coughing, production of mucus, being overly tired etc. If you think you may have bronchitis, visit Rachman Medical Group to get help from experienced doctors. Call us today or schedule appointment online and let us help treat your Bronchitis. We Are Conveniently Located at 7601 Canby Ave Suite 7 Reseda, CA 91335.
What causes bronchitis?
Bronchitis is the inflammation of the lining in your bronchial tubes, which is what carries air to and from your lungs. Individuals who have bronchitis will often cough up very thick mucus, which can look discolored.
Bronchitis can either be acute or chronic, and often develops from a cold or other respiratory infections.
Whether you have acute or chronic bronchitis, some signs and symptoms you may notice with bronchitis includes:
- Production of mucus, can be discolored and look clear, white, yellowish-gray or green in color
- Shortness of breath
- Slight fever and chills
- Chest discomfort
Will bronchitis go away on its own?
Acute bronchitis is much more common than that of chronic bronchitis. Acute bronchitis is also known as a chest cold, and usually improves within a week or up to 10 days without any lasting effects that can linger for a few weeks.
If you are noticing repeated flare ups of bronchitis, you may have chronic bronchitis, which will require medical attention. It is defined as a productive cough, it can last anywhere from three months, with recurring flare ups that can occur for up to two years.
If you have acute bronchitis, it will normally go away without any treatment, usually taking around a few weeks. You can take medications including cough medicine and other medicines; however, the other medicines may need to be prescribed by your doctor.
What happens if you leave bronchitis untreated?
If you do not seek out medical treatment for your bronchitis, even though it can go away on its own, it may turn into pneumonia. Pneumonia is an infection that is caused in either one or both sides of your lungs. If left untreated, the infection will then travel from the airways into your lungs which may lead to pneumonia.
There are four different types of pneumonia that you can get if you leave bronchitis untreated. They are:
- Bacterial pneumonia
- Viral pneumonia
- Mycoplasma pneumonia
- Fungal pneumonia
Untreated viral or bacterial bronchitis can easily turn into a viral or bacterial pneumonia.
Can bronchitis turn into pneumonia?
Yes, it can. The best way to prevent pneumonia from occurring if you have been diagnosed with bronchitis or suspect you have bronchitis, is to get medical treatment from a doctor. The best way to prevent pneumonia from occurring is to treat the condition early on. Recognizing the symptoms of bronchitis is a major key to preventing worse symptoms and pneumonia. Early symptoms of bronchitis are often seen as being similar to that of the cold or flu, they are:
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Fever of 100o F to 100.4o F
- Back and muscle aches
Many will develop a dry cough which can become productive within a few days. Productive meaning mucus is constantly produced. Bacterial bronchitis is the more common type to lead to pneumonia, as bacteria easily multiplies and spreads.
Pneumonia is a much more serious condition than bronchitis, and could be life-threatening. Bronchitis often develops following when an individual has a cold and presents as it is getting worse. Symptoms of bronchitis may include:
- Coughing up phlegm that may look clear, yellow, green or even blood-streaked
- Tightness in your chest
- Feeling lethargic
While pneumonia can be mild or severe, if you have any of the following symptoms, it is highly recommended you seek immediate medical attention:
- Difficulty breathing
- Feeling that your chest may be getting crushed
- Coughing up lots of blood
- Blue fingernails
- Blue lips
If you are experiencing any symptoms of pneumonia, it is recommended you seek immediate medical attention. Untreated pneumonia can escalate very quickly, even if you think the symptoms are mild, you should still be getting checked out.
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