Clover Internal Medicine Associates
Board Certified Internal Medicine located in Fort Worth, TX
That nagging cough you developed after your cold may be bronchitis, which is an inflammation that occurs in the tubes that move air in and out of your lungs. The experienced team at Clover Internal Medicine in Fort Worth, Texas, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of bronchitis to help reduce the coughing and improve your quality of life. For bronchitis care, call the office today or request an appointment online.
What is bronchitis?
Bronchitis is a medical condition that causes inflammation of your bronchial tubes, which are the tubes that help carry air in and out of your lungs, and a nagging cough. You can develop an acute or chronic case of bronchitis.
Acute bronchitis is a short-term condition that often develops after a viral infection, such as a cold or flu infection. Acute bronchitis may resolve on its own with minimal medical intervention.
Chronic bronchitis is considered a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and can be a serious health issue. You may be at risk of developing chronic bronchitis if you’re a smoker.
Whether acute or chronic, the team at Clover Internal Medicine can provide care to relieve your coughing.
What are the symptoms of bronchitis?
A productive cough is the most common symptom of bronchitis. With bronchitis, you may also experience:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
In cases of acute bronchitis, these symptoms may last for up to 10 days, while with chronic bronchitis you may experience these symptoms for three or more months.
How is bronchitis diagnosed?
The team at Clover Internal Medicine takes a holistic approach to care and look for the underlying cause of your bronchitis so you get the most effective treatment. To formulate a diagnosis and treatment plan, your specialist conducts a comprehensive examination that includes:
- Radiological exams
- Complete physical
Your specialist may also conduct allergy testing to determine if allergies are responsible for your chronic cough.
What treatment can improve my bronchitis?
Treatment for your bronchitis depends on the underlying cause. Your specialist at Clover Internal Medicine creates a personalized treatment plan so you get the most effective relief from your symptoms.
Your treatment may include:
- Prescription medication regimen
- Breathing treatments
- Antibiotic shot
- Oxygen therapy
- Steroid shots
If your bronchitis is related to allergies, your specialist creates a treatment plan geared towards managing your allergies. If needed, your specialist may also refer you to a pulmonologist for more targeted care of your bronchitis.
For comprehensive care of your bronchitis, call Clover Internal Medicine today or book an appointment online.
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