Bronchitis Specialist

Emcura Immediate Care

Urgent Care & Walk-In Primary Care located in Bloomfield, MI & Northville, Novi, MI

Bronchitis can cause a painful, hacking cough that lasts up to three weeks, but the experienced team at Emcura Immediate Care in Bloomfield Hills and Northville Township, Michigan, can help ease your symptoms. They provide expert comprehensive medical care for conditions like bronchitis, along with convenient, on-site treatments to save you a trip to the pharmacy. If you’re suffering from a nagging cough, call Emcura Immediate Care or schedule an appointment online today.

Bronchitis Q & A

What is bronchitis?

Bronchitis occurs when the lining of your bronchial tubes grow inflamed. These tubes carry air to your lungs, and when they become inflamed, mucus can accumulate and cause swelling. This swelling in your bronchial tubes can make it difficult to breathe.

Most of the time, acute cases of bronchitis are due to the flu or cold virus. These bronchial infections usually last between 7-10 days. If you’re frequently exposed to irritants, such as dust, pollution, or smoking, bronchitis can become chronic.

What are the symptoms of bronchitis?

Bronchitis is easy to confuse with the common cold because they share several symptoms, including:

  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Body aches
  • Fever and chills
  • Mucus production
  • Chest discomfort or congestion
  • Wheezing and shortness of breath

Because bronchitis causes inflammation in your bronchial tubes, they need to heal in order for your cough to go away. When a nagging cough becomes persistent, however, it can indicate more serious health conditions, like pneumonia or asthma.

How is bronchitis diagnosed?

The team at Emcura Immediate Care offers the highest-quality care available, including on-site digital X-rays for diagnostics and antibiotic medications so you don’t have to make an extra stop on your way home at a pharmacy. Also, the team is comprised of medical professionals who meet rigorous academic standards and also teach at institutions in the area.

During your appointment, your provider performs a comprehensive medical examination while reviewing your symptoms and medical history. To confirm your diagnosis and rule out other types of illness, your provider might also suggest:

  • Blood tests
  • A chest X-ray to check your lungs
  • Blood oxygen tests
  • Sputum tests to analyze your lung fluid

Your provider also listens to your lungs for signs of infection that may indicate bronchitis.

How is bronchitis treated?

After reaching an accurate diagnosis, your Emcura Immediate Care provider makes recommendations to help treat your bronchitis and ease your symptoms. In most cases, bronchitis is due to viral infections, so your provider might recommend self-care treatments like using a humidifier to relieve your cough and loosen mucus. It’s also critical to get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids.

Additional treatments for bronchitis symptoms generally include cough suppressants and medications like inhalers or nebulizer treatments that help reduce inflammation and open narrowed bronchial passages.

Call Emcura Immediate Care or schedule an appointment online today if you have a persistent cough that’s troubling you.