What's going around this week develops from a cold or other respiratory infection.
Nurse Practitioner Linda Eckerson at McLaren Greater Lansing-DeWitt Family Medicine is treating bronchitis this week.
The primary symptoms 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 in two to three weeks.
Rest, drink fluids, use a warm mist humidifier, and bundle up before you go outside.
If you have asthma, stick to your prescribed regimen.
See a doctor if:
--Your cough is severe or prevents you from sleeping
--You have a low-grade fever for more than three days, or a fever higher than 101 degrees
--You have chronic lung or heart problems
--You cough up bloody or very discolored mucus
Seek emergency medical attention if you have trouble breathing or chest pain.
You may have chronic bronchitis if you have a cough with mucus most days of the month for three months of the year for at least two years in a row.