What Is Bronchitis?

Bronchitis is an inflammation or swelling of the bronchial tubes, the major airway into the lungs. There are two types of bronchitis, acute and chronic. Acute (short-term) bronchitis occurs with the onset of a virus, while chronic bronchitis is one of the conditions included in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, (COPD). Chronic bronchitis is characterized by a cough that lasts at least three months for two consecutive years.

See a doctor if your cough lasts for more than three weeks, prevents you from sleeping, is accompanied by a fever, produces discolored mucus, blood or is associated with shortness of breath. If you ever have any of the above symptoms, visit the doctors at FastMed Urgent Care so they can diagnose and if need be, provide treatment.