Bronchitis Diagnosis & Treatment
Bronchitis Diagnosis & Treatment: Learn the Basics
If you’re experiencing a deep, persistent cough that leaves you feeling exhausted, it may be time to seek bronchitis treatment. Bronchitis occurs when the lining of the bronchial tubes—which transport air to and from the lungs—becomes inflamed. This can result in uncomfortable symptoms such as wet coughs, shortness of breath, chest discomfort, and low-grade fever.
Your physician will ask you questions about your symptoms and carefully listen to your lungs using a stethoscope. He or she may also order one of the following tests to help confirm a diagnosis:
A sputum test to evaluate mucus that is coughed up from the lungs
A chest X-ray to rule out pneumonia, a more serious illness
A pulmonary function test to assess respiratory health and lung capacity
Bronchitis Treatment Options
Many cases of acute bronchitis are caused by viruses, which can’t necessarily be “cured” with medication. Instead, the virus must simply run its course. If you have been diagnosed with viral bronchitis, your treatment plan will likely include medications and self-care measures to help quell coughs, ease symptoms, and get you back to feeling like yourself as quickly as possible. If bacterial bronchitis is suspected, you’ll likely be given antibiotic medication to clear the infection.
Walk-in Bronchitis Treatment at Lifeline Urgent Care
Lifeline Urgent Care is a physician-led, fully equipped urgent care center in Houston, Texas, that serves adult and pediatric patients with non-emergency conditions like bronchitis. If you need treatment for bronchitis symptoms such as persistent coughing, we encourage you to visit us today—Lifeline Urgent Care is open every day during extended hours and does not require appointments.
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
MON-FRI: 9:00AM - 7:00PM
SAT-SUN: 10:00AM - 6:00PM
NO APPOINTMENT NEEDED