The lining in the tubes in your lungs are made of smooth tissue similar to the smooth tissue that lines the inside of your mouth. In the presence of a pathogen such as a virus, this tissue can swell and constrict the tubes in your lungs causing you to cough and wheeze. Thickened mucus can build and get trapped within the swollen tubes worsening your condition.
What are the symptoms?
Usually a forceful, easily provoked cough which is usually non-productive and is worse at night. The cough could be acute (days to weeks) or chronic (months to years). A fever could accompany a bronchitis, but doesn’t have to. It often comes after a cold or can develop after chronic exposure to certain chemicals, or toxins including tobacco smoking. Bronchitis can be self-limiting and go away on its own after several weeks or it can linger for years
Can it be treated?
There are no medications to cure bronchitis, but it can be controlled and the symptoms minimized with medication. Since bronchitis can mimic certain bacterial pneumonias such as “Walking Pneumonia,” often an antibiotic may also be included in your regimen if your doctors thinks it’s fitting.
How can MCare M.D. help?
If you think you have a cough that could be bronchitis, don’t be afraid to tell us everything during your meeting with your MCare M.D. doctor. Be prepared to tell us when, where…everything. And don’t worry. Everything you tell us is completely confidential. If the doctor thinks that you have a condition that can be treated with prescription medication he or she will send an order to the pharmacy of your choice instantly.