COVID-19 Response

We want to reassure you that we are taking every possible step to prepare to handle the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic. For instance, we are now offering telehealth visits to allow patients to continue to receive care in the comfort of their homes, but rest assured that we will continue to provide in-clinic care throughout this crisis and shelter-in-place mandates.

For patients who are at-risk or showing symptoms, we are also offering drive-up COVID-19 testing.
Patients must be screened prior to the testing, so please call one of our clinic locations for more information.

Testing Locations for Monday, March 30

Burleson    |    Coppell    |    McKinney

Bronchitis

Bronchitis occurs when the lining of the bronchial tubes become inflamed. It can occur one time (acute) or can be chronic. While this condition is very common, it can turn into something very serious if not treated promptly and effectively.

Symptoms of Bronchitis

In most cases, acute bronchitis will clear up within a few days. You will, however, probably continue coughing for a few weeks afterward. If you tend to have to deal with bronchitis on a regular basis (recurring bouts that happen for two straight years), then you may have chronic bronchitis and will need to see a doctor.

The symptoms are similar for both acute and chronic bronchitis. They typically include the production of sputum, or mucus, shortness of breath, chest discomfort, fatigue and chills accompanied by a slight fever.

There are several warning signs that will indicate you should seek medical help. For instance, if you cough so much you cannot sleep, or your cough lasts for three weeks, see a doctor. Likewise, you should get help if you have a high fever (higher than 100.4 F), you cough up blood, or you have wheezing.

Diagnosing Bronchitis

It can be difficult to tell whether you have bronchitis or a regular cold for the first few days. When you visit your nearest Questcare Medical Clinic, there are a few different tests that can help diagnose the problem. These include a chest X-ray, sputum tests or a pulmonary function test. This involves the use of a spirometer, which measures how much air you can take into your lungs and expel from them.

Treating Bronchitis

If you have acute bronchitis, the problem will typically clear up on its own within a couple of weeks. However, your doctor may recommend the use of antibiotics if he or she has any reason to believe you may have a bacterial infection. While it is important to cough up as much mucus as you can to remove irritants from your lungs, your doctor may recommend a cough suppressant to help you sleep at night.

In cases of severe bronchitis, pulmonary rehabilitation is often suggested. This is a type of breathing exercise program performed under the supervision of a respiratory therapist in order to help you breathe more easily.

Contact Us About Bronchitis

The professionals with Questcare Medical Clinic can quickly diagnose this problem and determine the right course of treatment. Please contact your nearest location online to learn more.