Bronchitis occurs when the lining of your bronchial becomes inflamed and swollen. It causes a cough that produces mucus and overall congestion in your chest. Most bronchitis cases are caused by other viruses. This means that COVID can cause bronchitis, especially since a common symptom of COVID is a cough. If you think you may have COVID, visit AFC Urgent Care Norwalk to get a rapid test.

Symptoms of bronchitis

Acute bronchitis is common caused by viruses or bacteria. Chronic bronchitis is usually caused by irritants in the lungs, such as cigarette smoke or air pollutants. With acute bronchitis, symptoms are typically resolved within one to two weeks, but the cough can remain for three. Symptoms of bronchitis can include:

  • Cough with the production of mucus
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest discomfort

These symptoms are all similar to COVID-19, however, having COVID can make these symptoms worse. Having both bronchitis and COVID at the same time can cause severe shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, as the bronchial tubes carry air to your lungs. Additionally, the production of mucus can make coughs more severe and further impact breathing. If you are having difficulty breathing, call 911, or seek medical attention. 

Treatment for bronchitis

Most cases of bronchitis do not require medical care and can be treated at home. Be sure to monitor your symptoms to ensure you are getting better, not worse. If your symptoms are getting worse or a fever develops, seek medical attention. If your cough is keeping you from sleeping at night, try using a cough suppressant. However, do not use it consistently for more than three days because coughing is the body’s way of removing viruses. Elevating your head while sleeping can also help at night.

Use a humidifier throughout the day and at night to put moisture back into the air and help break up congestion. Breathing in the steam from the shower or a hot bowl of water can also help with any congestion. Avoid any cigarette use or being around anyone who is smoking. Smoke can further irritate the lungs and prevent you from getting better. Like any illness, get plenty of rest to help your immune system fight off the virus. Additionally, drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated can help break up the mucus or congestion. 

If you think you may have bronchitis or COVID-19, visit AFC Urgent Care Norwalk. We offer low wait times for urgent care services and appointments for COVID testing. Schedule your appointment online here, or give us a call today.