Why Are My Lungs Burning?

When you feel as though your lungs are burning, it’s easy to start feeling anxious. But though the feeling can be alarming, it isn’t always a sign of serious.

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Fountain City wants to share some insight into possible causes of that burning feeling—and when to seek medical care.

Why Do Your Lungs Burn?

Your lungs can burn for a variety of reasons, including the temperature outside and an intense workout. But sometimes it’s more serious.

While the first sign of bronchitis is usually a persistent, dry cough, burning lungs can also be associated with the medical condition. If you experience that burning feeling accompanied by other signs of bronchitis, seek medical attention.

Signs of Bronchitis

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Generally not feeling well
  • Low-grade fever
  • Pain and wheezing in the chest
  • Dry cough

How Long Can Bronchitis Last?

After three or four days of experiencing symptoms of cold or flu, you might begin to experience symptoms of acute bronchitis, which usually begins with a dry cough.

While most people are able to get over acute bronchitis within two to three weeks, it can take up to four weeks to fully get rid of the cough. If you have bronchitis, your doctor will prescribe medications to help you heal.

At-home Treatment for Bronchitis

  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Gargle salt water to help ease sore throat.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Take OTC pain medications for body aches.
  • Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air.

Are you experiencing symptoms of bronchitis? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Fountain City for medical treatment seven days a week!