Do you have a productive cough that isn’t going away? Are you experiencing shortness of breath? You may have bronchitis. Abdulhassan Saad, MD, in Dearborn, Michigan, provides treatment for both acute and chronic bronchitis to reduce your symptoms and help you feel more like your usual self. For an examination, call the office today, or book your appointment online.
Bronchitis refers to a condition in which the lining of your bronchial tubes, which carry air in and out of your lungs, become inflamed. If you have bronchitis, you may develop a nagging cough that produces thickened mucus that may appear clear, yellow, or green. Bronchitis can be acute, developing after a respiratory infection, or chronic, in which your productive cough lasts three months or longer.
Acute bronchitis is a common occurrence after a cold or respiratory infection. This type of bronchitis may not require medical intervention and usually resolves within 10 days or so, but may leave you with a lingering cough.
Chronic bronchitis is considered a serious medical condition. It’s a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease that you may develop after years of smoking cigarettes or from exposure to pollution or fumes.
Both acute and chronic bronchitis cause similar symptoms. Common symptoms of bronchitis include:
With chronic bronchitis, you may have periods in which your symptoms get worse, which may indicate an infection in addition to the bronchial tube inflammation.
Dr. Saad conducts a comprehensive examination to determine if your coughing is due to bronchitis. In addition to a physical exam and review of your symptoms and medical history, Dr. Saad also listens to your lungs as you breathe. To rule out an infection, he may order a chest X-ray and conduct a sputum test, which looks for infections in your mucus. He may also conduct a pulmonary function test to rule out other causes of your coughing, such as asthma or emphysema.
Dr. Saad develops an individualized treatment plan to help reduce your coughing and improve your breathing based on your symptoms and medical history. If you have a bacterial infection, he prescribes an antibiotic. To suppress your cough, he may recommend a cough suppressant.
If you have allergies or asthma, he may prescribe an inhaler to help open the airway passages for better breathing and relief of your symptoms.
To get relief from your bronchitis and the coughing, call Dr. Saad’s office today, or book an appointment online.