We can treat your Bronchitis at the Pulmonary and Sleep Center of the Valley in Weslaco and Edinburg. Bronchitis is and inflammation of the lining of bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from the lungs.
The most common symptom of acute bronchitis is a nagging cough. The cough usually subsides within two to three weeks, although a lingering cough can persist for several weeks after the acute bronchitis has improved.
Most cases of bronchitis are caused by a viral infection of the upper airways, such as the common cold or the flu. Many people request antibiotics in the hopes that it will get rid of the cough, and some people even think that antibiotics have helped on previous occasions. However, there is no benefit of antibiotics for most cases of bronchitis. Unnecessary use of antibiotics can cause harm by causing side effects and promoting antibiotic resistance so that if you do develop a bacterial infection it may be more difficult to treat.
Effective treatment of acute bronchitis usually involves treating the symptoms of the viral infection, such as sore throat and congestion. Antibiotics do not help to eliminate acute bronchitis caused by a virus. Antiviral agents are useful in some cases of acute bronchitis due to influenza, but there are no antiviral agents for other forms of viral bronchitis.
If you’ve been suffering from a long-term bout of bronchitis that just won’t go away, the Pulmonary and Sleep Center of the Valley may be able to help you. Effective treatment begins with a proper diagnosis. We’ll help you understand your treatment options so you can make the informed decision that’s right for you.