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There are many cases of people catching the common cold or the flu every year. Typically, a cold or flu can last a person a couple weeks, all you have to let it do is run its course. After that, the majority of people are back to normal. But however, for some people – they may also get bronchitis as well. Bronchitis is when your bronchial tubes, which are the tubes that carry air to your lungs, get infected and swollen. What you end up with is a nagging cough and an excess amount of mucus. You can catch bronchitis in other ways as well. There are actually two types of bronchitis:
In both cases it is important to see an urgent care doctor so that conditions do not worsen.
More times than not, doctors see that the cause of bronchitis is due to the same virus (es) that give you the common cold or the flu. However, sometimes bacteria is to blame. In both of these cases, as your body is fighting off the germs, your bronchial tubes will swell up and begin to make more mucus. This means that you will have a much smaller opening for air to flow, and this can make it hard for you to breathe. If any of these circumstances describe your situation, then you will have a larger chance of catching bronchitis:
Sometimes it’s hard for a person to tell the difference between bronchitis and any other condition that can affect the lungs and breathing. It will often start out with symptoms of the common cold: runny nose, sore throat, and achy or body soreness.
One of the telltale signs of bronchitis is a hacking cough that lasts for 5 days or more. Some other symptoms may include:
If you or someone you know happens to have symptoms that last longer than 3 months, you may have a chronic case. Some signs may include:
Come talk to the doctors and medical professionals at AFC Urgent Care in Wichita today. We welcome you to call us at (316) 440-2712 if you or someone in your family is in need of immediate medical attention. You can find us at 3161 N. Rock Road Suite A, Wichita KS, 67226. We are open 7 days a week from 8am to 6pm Monday – Saturday and 9am to 3pm on Sundays
With state-of-the-art centers and a professional medical team, AFC provides on-site X-rays, labs, procedures, and more!
Urgent care is for medical conditions that require prompt attention but do not pose an immediate threat to your health or life. Here is a simple rule of thumb: if your medical issues(s) are life threatening, call 911, or go directly to a hospital emergency room. If not, an urgent care center such as AFC is an excellent alternative.