Bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from the lungs. The most common symptom of acute bronchitis is a nagging cough. Most often caused by a viral infection of the upper airways, bronchitis and the related cough can last for weeks.
While many people request antibiotics in the hopes that it will get rid of the cough, there is no benefit of antibiotics for most cases of bronchitis. Unnecessary use of antibiotics can cause harm by causing side effects and by promoting antibiotic resistance.
Instead, if you’ve been suffering from a long-term bout of bronchitis that just won’t go away, the Pulmonary and Sleep Center of the Valley may be able to help you. Effective treatment begins with a proper diagnosis. We’ll help you understand your treatment options so you can make the informed decision that’s right for you.