“Bronchitis” typically refers to acute bronchitis—a common viral infection that triggers swelling and mucus production in the lung’s airways. It’s also known as a chest cold. The symptoms of bronchitis can vary from person to person, but usually include a combination of the following:
- Frequent coughing that may produce mucus
- Sore throat
- Chest tightness, especially when breathing in or coughing
- Body aches and/or chills
- Low-grade fever
- Shortness of breath
- Runny nose
People with acute bronchitis may have a nagging cough for a few weeks or even months, as the airways can sometimes take a while to fully heal.
Chronic bronchitis, on the other hand, is a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) that’s most often caused by smoking cigarettes. The symptoms of chronic bronchitis do not ever fully go away, although they can be managed with proper treatment.
Find Relief From Bronchitis Symptoms
Fast Track Urgent Care’s centers in Silver Spring and Kensington, Maryland, offer treatment for adult and pediatric patients experiencing bothersome bronchitis symptoms. Our board-certified physicians and clinicians can confirm the source of a person’s symptoms, prescribe treatment to help ease discomfort, and offer helpful advice to promote a healthy immune response.
Visit a Fast Track Urgent Care location near you to find relief from bronchitis symptoms and breathe easy again! Our urgent care centers are open every day during extended hours and welcome patients on a walk-in and by-appointment bases. You can also connect with us online through a convenient Virtual Visit. If you have any questions, give our friendly professionals a call today.