Nurse Practitioner Linda Eckerson at McLaren Greater Lansing-DeWitt Family Medicine is treating patients with bronchitis this week.
There are two types of bronchitis: acute and chronic. Acute bronchitis usually clears up in two to three weeks. Chronic bronchitis means you have a cough with mucus most days of the month for three months a year, two years in a row.
The primary symptoms of bronchitis are wheezing and a persistent cough. You may also have shortness of breath, fatigue and chest discomfort.
Bronchitis will usually clear up on its own. Rest, drink fluids, avoid irritants like tobacco smoke, and breathe in warm, moist air from a humidifier.
Bronchitis usually results from a virus, so antibiotics aren't effective in treating it.
You should see a doctor if your cough is severe or prevents you from sleeping, or you have a low-grade fever or chronic lung or heart problems.