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With our same day bronchitis treatment service, you can meet with an online doctor and have your bronchitis treated within minutes. Instead of going to your doctor in person you can conveniently meet with a top PlushCare doctor online and get diagnosed and prescribed any necessary medication.
Bronchitis can be caused by an infection or irritating substance, such as inhaled smoke. Common infections that lead to bronchitis are caused by respiratory viruses, like the type of virus that causes the common cold. Occasionally bronchitis can also be caused by a bacterial infection.
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The key signs of bronchitis are observed in your chest and lungs. These symptoms, especially a cough, can last for several weeks. They include: Chest discomfort, cough, shortness of breath. Due to the inflammation, you may also have symptoms typical of an illness like the flu such as: Fatigue, nasal congestion, sore throat, low fever and chills.
Usually, the cause of bronchitis is a contagious viral infection. The virus may enter through your nose or mouth, and work its way down to your throat. As the infection enters the lining of the bronchial tubes, your immune system begins to fight back. As a result, swelling occurs and mucus is produced. Common ways to catch a virus are from breathing in contaminated air. Spending time in close proximity to someone carrying the virus puts you at higher risk.
There are few steps you can take to help prevent contracting bronchitis. In general, it is easiest to avoid viral infections by practicing good hygiene. Washing your hands thoroughly with soap kills and removes contagious viruses from your hands, and should be done before eating. If you smoke tobacco products, the best way to lower your chances of developing bronchitis is to quit. Smoking damages the bronchial tubes and slows down the healing process. Get help quitting smoking here.
If your cough does not go away in a few days or is getting worse, consult a doctor about your treatment options. Your bronchitis may be bacterial in which case you’ll need an antibiotic prescription. A doctor can also prescribe medication for symptom management and recommend home remedies. A PlushCare doctor can diagnose and treat your condition online. They can write you a prescription and will electronically send it to the pharmacy of your choice.
Some good home remedies to lessen the painful symptoms of bronchitis include: Drinking plenty of fluids to optimize the abilities of your immune system, avoid caffeine and alcohol, both of which dehydrate your body, get plenty of rest, try taking over the counter pain relievers – some popular brands include Tylenol and Advil. These drugs reduce inflammation, lower your fever, and relieve pain. Use a humidifier in your home to reduce the intake of dry air, and cough up mucus, as this type of cough helps clear your bronchial tubes.
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