Bronchitis Treatment in White Hall, AR
Bronchitis can be painful and requires treatment. For trusted medical care, come to Primary Care 360. Call our clinic today to speak with one of our healthcare professionals or request an appointment online.
The bronchi are passages of air leading to the lungs. When these become infected, bronchitis occurs. While acute bronchitis is not a serious threat to your health, it can often mimic symptoms of more severe conditions such as pneumonia. Bronchitis is an infection of the large airways called bronchi and pneumonia is an infection of the lungs. Pneumonia can lead to serious complications very quickly. If you have any doubt whether you have bronchitis or not, you should seek urgent medical attention.
Can I go to a primary care for bronchitis?
Yes, primary care provides care for patients with bronchitis. Your primary care provider will have the skillset and knowledge to treat your symptoms. You can also come to see the healthcare professionals at Primary Care 360 to find relief for bronchitis.
Do you need medication to get rid of bronchitis?
Some of the most common symptoms associated with both forms of bronchitis include a productive cough (lots of mucous), chest discomfort, excess mucus production, wheezing and flu-like symptoms such as chills and fever. Many doctors will simply recommend getting an adequate amount of rest and increasing fluid intake for the treatment of acute bronchitis. However, sometimes doctors may prescribe medications for the treatment of acute bronchitis. Treatment for chronic bronchitis can include the following:
- Bronchodilators or steroids for minimizing mucus production and opening the airways
- Oxygen therapy
- The use of a humidifier to help loosen mucus and open the airways
- Medication aimed at relieving the cough and inflamed airways
What is the fastest way to cure bronchitis?
Breathe Steam — The easiest way to do this is by taking a hot shower. Alternatively, you can pour steaming-hot water into a bowl and lean over it while draping a towel over your head. The inhalation of steam will help loosen the secretions in your lungs. To make the steam treatment even more effective, add a few drops of pine oil or eucalyptus to the water.
Use Eucalyptus or Pine Oil — Eucalyptus helps to soften mucus in obstructed airways and has some antibacterial properties. (If you want to use eucalyptus leaves, simply boil them in a pot of water, then remove from the heat and inhale the steam.) Pine oil acts as an expectorant, so it will help you ‘bring up’ phlegm from the bronchial tubes.
Stay Hydrated — To thin mucus and help you cough it up more easily, drink lots of water, at least eight 10oz glasses, that’s 80oz each day! To keep track easier, buy your own water bottle if you don’t already have one, just make sure that it is BPA-free. Fluids you should avoid are alcohol and caffeinated drinks, which dehydrate your system and make the mucus tougher to dislodge.
Eat Spicy Foods — Eat hot salsa, spicy peppers like chile or jalapeño, or dishes prepared with cayenne pepper. Fiery foods do more than just make your nose run — they also thin the mucus in your airways, helping you cough more productively.
Use Herbal Supplements — Echinacea and astragalus are herbs that strengthen the immune system and help you fight off bacteria and viruses. Take 500 milligrams of either herb frice (four times) a day for acute bronchitis or twice daily for chronic bronchitis.
Eat Foods High in Antioxidants — Eat foods high in antioxidants, such as small red beans, wild blueberries, red kidney beans, pinto beans, cultivated blueberries, cranberries, artichokes, blackberries, prunes, raspberries, strawberries, red delicious apples, pecans, sweet cherries, black plums, russet potatoes, black beans, plums, gala apples and dark leafy greens.
Can I walk-in to a primary care for bronchitis?
Yes, we accept walk-in patients for bronchitis! The healthcare professionals at Primary Care 360 take great pride in their ability to effectively treat patients with bronchitis. They help provide you with relief and care to get you on the road to recovery.
If you or someone you know has bronchitis or is exhibiting its symptoms, come to Primary Care 360 today! Our kind and compassionate staff are experienced in treating bronchitis and can provide you with the alleviation you need. To talk with a member of our specialist team, contact our office today. Or to book an appointment, visit us online or simply give us a call!