Bronchitis is an upper respiratory infection that tends to last longer than a cold does. However, medical treatment and antibiotics aren’t usually needed. However, it is important to understand when you need medical help. In this article, we will show you what you must know about what to do when you have bronchitis and when to call our GP service in Costa del Sol for bronchitis.
Bronchitis is a condition that causes inflammation of the bronchi. These are tubes that lead from the windpipe and to the lungs. This condition often starts as an infection in the sinuses, nose, throat, or ears. The infection makes its way to the bronchi.
One of the main symptoms of Bronchitis is a cough. Patients can cough up phlegm or they might have a dry cough. If you cough up green or yellow phlegm it shows that your body is working to fight the infection.
You might have a sore throat, be very tired (more so than usual), and you might feel short of breath. You could also experience some wheezing and you might have some discomfort in your chest.
The good news is that Bronchitis tends to clear up by itself, however, it can last for 3 weeks. You could feel much better after a week, but you might still have a cough for 2 weeks.
If you think you have Bronchitis, you should treat it exactly as you would if you had a cold. You should make sure you have plenty of fluids and lots of rest. You should also consider taking painkillers. In addition to this, you might find that taking a shower or breathing in some steam helps to loosen any phlegm. You can also purchase cough suppressants from your local pharmacy as they can make your days and nights so much easier.
Yes, if you have a temperature that’s above 37.7° C and you are also shaking because you’re cold or if you have trouble breathing call our GP service in Costa del Sol for bronchitis.
If you cough up thick mucus that has a bad smell of contains blood you should also call us. This is because there is always a chance you have pneumonia. Your doctor may prescribe you an inhaler to use that can open up your airways. Alternatively, they might suggest you take medication that suppresses your cough. If you have coughed up phlegm for more than 4 weeks, please speak to our doctor. There is always a chance that you have chronic bronchitis and you need more treatment.