MEDIQ Urgent Care offers fast, affordable bronchitis treatment.
If you think that you might be suffering from acute or chronic bronchitis and need to see a medical professional as soon as possible, then you can walk into a Mediq Urgent Care clinic without having to make an appointment. We are open seven days a week, 12 hours a day, making it easy and convenient to come in to receive bronchitis treatment.
What is Bronchitis?
Bronchitis occurs when the lining of the bronchial tubes, which are used to transport air to and from the lungs, becomes inflamed. This typically leads to regular coughing. People who are suffering from bronchitis often cough up mucus that is thick and discolored.
Causes and Symptoms
There are two forms of bronchitis – acute and chronic bronchitis. Acute bronchitis is (or in some rare cases, a bacteria) caused by a virus that can develop from a respiratory infection, whether it’s pneumonia or a simple cold. It’s a very common virus. Chronic bronchitis results in constant irritation or inflammation and is a more serious and long-term condition. It’s often caused by smoking, although it can also be the result of regular exposure to irritants on certain jobs or from having gastric reflux.
Both forms of bronchitis can cause a persistent cough, mucus, fatigue, discomfort in the chest, a slight fever and shortness of breath. The symptoms of acute bronchitis usually clear up after a few days, although a cough may linger for a few weeks. Chronic bronchitis can cause a persistent cough that lasts upwards of three months, while recurring coughing fits can occur for upwards of two years.
Visit Mediq Urgent Care if you’ve been coughing for more than a few weeks, if your cough is preventing you from sleeping or if you are suffering from any of the symptoms of bronchitis in addition to your cough. Once you come into our clinic, we will determine whether or not you have bronchitis by performing a physical exam.
In some cases, we may perform chest x-rays, sputum tests or pulmonary function tests to ensure that your symptoms aren’t a result of another issue, such as pneumonia, whooping cough or emphysema.
An acute case of bronchitis will usually clear up in a manner of weeks. If we suspect that your bronchitis is caused by a bacterial infection, we may prescribe an antibiotic. However, because most bronchitis cases are caused by viral infections, antibiotics aren’t usually effective.
Walk In or Schedule an Appointment Today
If you are suffering from symptoms of bronchitis, head to Mediq Urgent Care. You can walk in when it’s convenient for you, or check in online to save time.