Acute bronchitis is a viral or bacterial infection that causes the lungs' airways (bronchial tubes) to swell and produce excessive mucus. When you have this condition, you may cough and experience trouble sleeping for several days. If you’re dealing with acute bronchitis, our experienced providers at Family Care Centers are ready and well-equipped to treat you and your loved ones at any of our walk-in clinics in Irvine, Fountain Valley, or Costa Mesa, CA.
Highlights of Our Bronchitis Treatment
Often called a chest cold, acute bronchitis triggers mild symptoms that can last for up to 2 weeks. Your cough may include phlegm that can be clear, yellow, or green. You may also experience soreness around your chest, often accompanied by body aches.
Bronchitis has multiple triggers and microbial causes. It is most often caused by respiratory viruses, (including COVID). Bacteria can also cause bronchitis, but this is actually uncommon.
While bronchitis symptoms usually ease after several days without the use of medication, this isn't always the case. You should seek treatment if you experience severe symptoms, including the following:
Visit your doctor as soon as possible to get a proper diagnosis and treatment for your infection. Remember that pneumonia and chest colds have similar symptoms, so your medical provider needs to run certain tests before prescribing any medication.
During your visit, whether by telehealth or in person, we will take a careful history and discuss examination and evaluation options to determine the cause of your symptoms. Most cases of bronchitis are mild to medium in severity and can be treated with a minimal workup, but we will discuss x-rays and other tests if needed to rule-out more serious infections.
Based on your diagnosis, we will recommend the appropriate prescription and non-prescriptions treatments, as well as follow-up options.
You may receive antibiotics as part of your bronchitis treatment if the provider diagnoses a bacterial cause. If your bronchitis is caused by a viral infection, antibiotics won't help you recover. Depending on your specific diagnosis and symptoms, your treatment may include
We advise staying at home when you have bronchitis because rest will help you recover, and you could infect others at work. Viruses in tiny droplets can be released and transmitted to other people in your office when you cough, sneeze, or even talk. So, by resting at home until you recover, you minimize spreading potential airborne infections and help keep other people healthy.
If you think you or a family member has bronchitis, contact one of our urgent care clinics: Irvine Woodbridge Walk-In Urgent Care, Fountain Valley Urgent Care, or Costa Mesa Urgent Care in CA, for proper diagnosis and treatment. Our medical providers are committed to providing the best care to help speed your recovery.