UrgentCare- Bronchitis

First Med Urgent Care: Understanding Bronchitis

First Med Urgent Care: Knowing the symptoms

While a cough is a common cold symptom it can also be a symptom in many other illnesses. Many times what started off as a common cold cough can turn into something else. It is important for urgent care patients to recognize when that simple cough has turned into something a bit more serious. Bronchitis is one of the illnesses associated with a cough. This sickness is sometimes referred to as a chest cold and occurs when the airways in your lungs are inflamed and make too much mucus. There are also two types of bronchitis known as acute bronchitis and chronic bronchitis. We’ll break it down a bit further for urgent care patients so you’ll know a bit more about each type.

1.) Acute bronchitis is more common and usually caused by a viral infection. It is often described as being worse than a regular cold but not as bad as pneumonia.

Common symptoms of acute bronchitis include:

Hacking cough that persists for 5 days or more
Clear, yellow, white, or green phlegm
Absence of fever or low grade fever
Tenderness or soreness in the chest with coughing

2.) Chronic bronchitis is a cough that persists for two to three months each year for at least two years. The most common cause of chronic bronchitis is smoking.

Common symptoms of chronic bronchitis include:

Persistent cough (3 months of the year and for more than 2 years consecutively)
Clear, yellow, white, or green phlegm
Sometimes wheezing and/or breathlessness
Feeling very fatigued

The time to visit an urgent care doctor is determined upon an individual basis. A specific situation when visiting an urgent care should be a top priority is if you have a fever over 101 degrees Fahrenheit. If there are signs that your general well being is in danger, such as loss of appetite, shortness of breath, and generalized achiness you should visit an urgent care. If you are having night sweats or coughing up blood, you need to see a doctor right away. These may be signs of a more severe illness that needs to be treated.