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Maybe you’re fighting a cough, experiencing shortness of breath and feeling fatigued? It’s possible you may have bronchitis, an inflammation of the bronchial tubes that carry air to and from your lungs.
It’s often caused by a viral or bacterial infection and can lead to symptoms like coughing (often with mucus) and chest discomfort. Acute bronchitis, sometimes referred to as a chest cold, is usually short-lived and can accompany a cold or respiratory infection.
Acute bronchitis typically lasts less than a few weeks, with a persistent cough as a lingering symptom. The illness is the result of swelling and mucus in the airways into the lungs, prompting a cough reflex.
Chronic bronchitis is a lung disease often associated with smoking and may be part of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
While bronchitis itself isn’t contagious, the illnesses that cause it, such as the flu and COVID-19, can be contagious.
It’s tricky to know if you have bronchitis, pneumonia or the flu. A common cold will have more symptoms in the upper respiratory tract, including postnasal drip, runny nose and a dry cough.
Norton Now includes same-day care options so you can get the care you need, when you need it and where you need it. Norton Community Medical Associates primary care offices are located across the Louisville and Southern Indiana area. Save your spot in line at a Norton Immediate Care Center or visit a Norton Prompt Care clinic for treatment of minor injuries or illnesses.
Use Norton eCare video visits or just answer a few questions online from anywhere in Kentucky or Indiana for care without coming into the office. Your provider can order drive-thru lab testing for you if needed at Norton Healthcare Express Services.
To reduce your risk of developing bronchitis, take these precautions:
If your cough is persistent, seeing an urgent care doctor can help with:
Consider emergency care if you have a high fever, have difficulty breathing or are in a high-risk group (older adults and those who have underlying health conditions).
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