Improve your bronchitis symptoms with DispatchHealth
The infected and swollen airways caused by bronchitis may require advanced urgent care. If you’re experiencing bronchitis and need immediate treatment, turning to DispatchHealth makes sense. You won’t need to travel or sit in a waiting room where you might be exposed to patients with contagious conditions. Instead, simply request care via our website, mobile app, or over the phone, and our medical team will schedule a visit and come to your home within about two hours. Our qualified medical professionals will address all of your concerns where you are most comfortable — in your home. To receive in-home care for your bronchitis or any non-life-threatening conditions, schedule an appointment with DispatchHealth.
If this is an emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department.
Causes, symptoms, & treatment for bronchitis
Bronchitis is caused by an inflammatory response in the lungs, and the majority of cases are caused by a viral infection. Individuals who smoke, work in dusty environments, or live in highly-polluted cities are at higher risk of contracting the virus. Diagnosis is made based on the symptoms of the person with bronchitis.
The most common symptoms include:
- A productive cough
- A cough that lasts over 10 days
- Excess mucus production
- Mild difficulty breathing
- Sore throat
Bronchitis can induce powerful coughing fits as the lungs try to expel pathogens and mucus. The body creates mucus to protect itself, but some patients with bronchitis may produce too much and must cough to keep their airways open. Bronchitis treatment reduces the severity of the cough and alleviates any additional symptoms, like fever and sore throat.
If left untreated
If you forgo medical care for your bronchitis, you may delay the recovery process. Bronchitis will strain the throat and body, so receiving medical care is advisable. DispatchHealth is here when you need us. Our mobile medical professionals provide advanced medical care in the comfort of your home to help you manage your symptoms and recover.