Family Medicine and Pulmonary Disease Practice located in Albany, NY
If you or your child is suffering from a bad cough accompanied by thick mucus, you may be suffering from bronchitis. At CPI Physicians, Abul Azad, MD, and Najiib Azad, DO, are experts in evaluating your symptoms and offer treatments so you can feel better. If you think you have bronchitis, schedule an appointment today. Call the office in Albany, New York, or use the online booking tool.
What is bronchitis?
Bronchitis is a condition characterized by inflamed bronchial tube lining. Your bronchial tubes are an important part of your respiratory system; they circulate air to and from your lungs.
If you have a bad cough accompanied by thick mucus, you may have bronchitis, which has a range of other symptoms, depending on its severity. Bronchitis can be temporary or it can be a long-standing problem.
Temporary, or acute, bronchitis usually starts off as a respiratory infection like a cold. Chronic bronchitis, on the other hand, is typically a complication from another illness or a lifestyle choice like smoking.
For your condition to be chronic, your symptoms must be present for at least three months over a period of two years.
What are the common symptoms of bronchitis?
Some of the most common symptoms of bronchitis, at different stages and intensities, include:
- Clear, white, yellowish gray, green, or blood-streaked mucus
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Body aches
- Low-grade fever
- Slight chills
What are the causes of bronchitis?
Every case of bronchitis is different. Typically, chronic bronchitis is a consequence of smoking or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Common causes of acute bronchitis include viruses, air pollution, and exposure to toxic substances and/or allergens like dust.
You’re also more susceptible to bronchitis if you have frequent bouts of acid reflux and/or heartburn, or weakened or young immune system.
When should I see a doctor about bronchitis?
If your symptoms have lasted longer than three weeks, you should book an appointment at CPI Physicians. In addition, keep an eye out for any of these more serious symptoms:
- Loss of sleep
- Wheezing or shortness of breath
- A cough producing blood or discolored mucus
- A fever at or above 100.4℉
If you’re suffering from symptoms like these, come in to CPI Physicians right away.
Whether you’re suffering from chronic bronchitis, or you’ve developed it suddenly, bronchitis can be serious if you don’t take care of it.
If you’re concerned about bronchitis, call CPI Physicians or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.
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