With people catching more colds this time of year, one illness to be careful of is Bronchitis, which is common right after a cold or other upper respiratory infection.
Dr. Thomas Stout of Mount Hope Community Medical Center in Lansing has seen an increase in the cases of Bronchitis this week.
Symptoms can start with a dry, hacking cough, followed by one that brings up mucus. There can also be a mild fever, under 101 degrees; a higher fever may indicate pneumonia. Fatigue is likely as well as a sensation of tightness, burning or a dull pain in the chest. The pain is felt under the breastbone that is usually worse when breathing deeply or coughing. Hoarseness is also a symptom.
Treatment includes drinking plenty of fluids and taking cough medicine. Cough drops or hard candies can help to soothe a dry or sore throat.
Most remedies can be done at home but if your condition is unbearable with the at-home treatments, or if you are asthmatic, you should consult your doctor.
Bronchitis can last for several weeks. If it persists or if the symptoms return after you get rid of it you should also talk to your doctor.
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