How Long Does Bronchitis Last?

When your days are crammed full of activities, the last thing you need is a case of bronchitis taking you down. Fortunately, the team at AFC Urgent Care Fountain City is here to get you back to feeling as good as new when bronchitis rears its ugly head.

What Is Bronchitis?

Bronchitis occurs when there is an inflammation in the bronchial tubes, which carry air to the lungs. While acute bronchitis can last between two and three weeks, the cough can stick around an additional week. Therefore, it might take up to four weeks to fully feel back to normal.

Symptoms of Bronchitis

  • Chest pressure
  • Cough (dry or chronic)
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Runny nose
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat

How Do You Know If You Have Bronchitis or Pneumonia?

While bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes, pneumonia happens when one or both lungs gets an infection.

Treatment for Bronchitis

  • If an antibiotic is prescribed, take as directed.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Get lots of rest.
  • Take OTC meds for cough, pain and fever.
  • Utilize a humidifier at night.

Do you feel like you are coming down with a case of bronchitis? Visit AFC Urgent Care Fountain City to undergo a medical evaluation from a knowledgeable physician who can get you back to feeling your normal self!