Do you have a cough with or without shortness of breath or phlegm, and are unsure as to whether you should tough it out at home, or visit a doctor or urgent care? If you have had bronchitis before, you may be familiar with the symptoms, and be tempted to “self diagnose” yourself or your family members. However, it is important to let a medical professional evaluate your cough symptoms with a physical exam and lab testing to determine whether or not you have bronchitis.
According to Mayo Clinic, “bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining of your bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from your lungs. People who have bronchitis often cough up thickened mucus, which can be discolored. Bronchitis may be either acute or chronic.”
Metro Urgent Care has many convenient locations throughout the greater Denver area, offering state-of-the-art urgent care facilities and the very best in service. If you are a family member has any of the following symptoms, we recommend visiting the Metro Urgent Care to ensure you receive the proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
Generally speaking, acute bronchitis occurs after someone has a cold or flu, and the immune system is already weakened or compromised. Although acute bronchitis can be accompanied by any or all of the symptoms listed above, the tell-tale sign is that it lasts over a week and even for weeks at a time. Even after most of the symptoms have subsided, a dry, hacking cough can last for days or weeks.
Chronic Bronchitis on the other hand, usually occurs as a result of smoking, and is often referred to as “smoker’s cough.” The symptoms can include any or all the symptoms listed above, and can be made worse by allergens, pollution and physical activity.
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