Acute Bronchitis

Monday, December 26, 2016

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining of bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from the lungs. Dr. Edward Hill discusses acute bronchitis in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Acute bronchitis is a common cause of cough. Swelling and redness in the large tubes of the lungs, called the bronchial tubes, lead to coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing, chest pain and fever. The cough can last for three weeks or more.

Acute bronchitis is almost always caused by a virus. The same viruses that cause colds can also cause acute bronchitis. You can think of acute bronchitis as a chest cold.

Antibiotics are usually not helpful because they dont work against viruses. With time, your body can usually get rid of the infection on its own. There are medicines that can make you feel better. Your doctor might recommend ibuprofen or acetaminophen for fever, or other over-the-counter medicines for cough, mucus production or wheezing.

Over-the-counter cough medicines should not be used in children younger than 4 years.

You should call your doctor if you are short of breath, have a persistent high fever, have chills and sweats, or begin coughing up bloody or rust-colored phlegm.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.