Bronchitis Specialist

MM Jersey City Breathing Center

Internal Medicine & Pulmonology located in Jersey City, NJ

Both acute and chronic bronchitis cause uncomfortable symptoms, including a cough that can interfere with sleep, work, and other activities. The board-certified team of caring providers at MM Jersey City Breathing Center can diagnose and treat bronchitis so it won’t decrease your quality of life. The team offers outstanding, personalized care for bronchitis at three locations throughout Jersey City, New Jersey. To schedule an evaluation, call the MM Jersey City Breathing Center office nearest you.

Bronchitis Q & A

What is bronchitis?

Bronchitis is a medical condition characterized by inflammation in the lining of your bronchial tubes. Air travels through these tubes, often called “airways,” into and out of your lungs as you breathe. 

Acute bronchitis usually arises from an upper respiratory infection, such as the common cold, and typically improves within two weeks. Chronic bronchitis involves ongoing inflammation within your bronchial tubes. 

What causes bronchitis?

Acute bronchitis often follows a viral respiratory infection, which triggers inflammation, swelling, and mucus production in the airways as your body fights the illness. 

Occasionally, a bacterial infection can cause acute bronchitis, but antibiotics aren’t recommended because bronchitis symptoms are triggered by your immune response, not the bacteria itself.

Chronic bronchitis is most often caused by cigarette smoking. Environmental pollutants, such as dust, chemical fumes, or particles in the air can contribute to the condition.

You may have a higher risk of bronchitis if you live with a smoker, you have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or a weakened immune system.

What are the symptoms of bronchitis?

Acute and chronic bronchitis have similar symptoms, including:

  • Cough
  • Clear, white, yellow, or green mucus
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Chest tightness or pain

If you have a productive chest cough for more than three weeks, or you have repeated episodes of bronchitis, it’s a good idea to see a qualified medical provider for an evaluation.

How is bronchitis diagnosed? 

During your bronchitis evaluation, your MM Jersey City Breathing Center expert spends time reviewing your medical history, discusses your symptoms with you in detail, and performs a comprehensive physical exam. 

Your provider may also perform some tests to evaluate your breathing, such as spirometry. 

How is bronchitis treated?

If you’re diagnosed with acute bronchitis, your MM Jersey City Breathing Center provider may suggest prescription or over-the-counter cough medicine to subdue your cough so you can sleep. Rest, fluids, and time are usually all you need to recover from acute bronchitis.

If you have chronic bronchitis, your physician designs a personalized treatment plan, which may include:

  • Bronchodilator inhaler
  • Corticosteroid inhaler
  • Oral medications

Lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, improving nutrition, and getting regular exercise can also benefit people who suffer from chronic bronchitis.

Don’t let bronchitis keep you from participating in the activities you enjoy. Call the nearest MM Jersey City Breathing Center location today.