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How Do You Get Over Bronchitis?

Think the flu is the only illness you need to stay alert about this season? Think again. There are cases of bronchitis also making their way around the United States.

As a result, our team at AFC Urgent Care Bronx Webster Ave. wants you to know how to recognize the symptoms of bronchitis, as well as how the medical condition is treated.

What Is Bronchitis?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchi, the air pathways to the lungs. While both men and women can experience bronchitis, women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with chronic bronchitis than men.

In addition, smokers or people who used to smoke are at a higher risk for bronchitis than non-smokers.

Symptoms of Bronchitis

  • Cough
  • Excess production of mucus
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Slight fever
  • Chills
  • Chest discomfort

Is Bronchitis Contagious?

The good news is that bronchitis is not usually contagious. However, that doesn't mean you shouldn't take steps to keep you and your loved ones healthy this season, especially if people are coughing and sneezing around you.

Make sure you are following a healthy diet, exercising regularly, avoiding smoking and washing your hands on a regular basis.

Treatment of Bronchitis

  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Get rest.
  • Take OTC or prescription meds, as directed by doctor.
  • Use a humidifier.

Do you think you might be experiencing the symptoms of bronchitis? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Bronx Webster Ave. for a medical evaluation. No appointment is necessary!