Bronchitis Specialist

Joel Juarez-Uribe, MD -  - Internal Medicine

Cardiology Medical Clinic of Chula Vista

Joel Juarez-Uribe, MD

Internal Medicine & Primary Care located in Chula Vista, CA

Whether you have acute or chronic bronchitis, Dr. Juarez-Uribe at Cardiology Medical Clinic of Chula Vista can help you find relief. He encourages you to make an appointment right away if you have a cough that has lasted more than three weeks or if it’s keeping you awake at night. Call Cardiology Medical Clinic of Chula Vista or schedule an appointment online today to start finding relief from that cough.

Bronchitis Q & A

What is bronchitis?

Bronchitis is the inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes that carry air to and from your lungs. It usually develops from a cold or another respiratory infection. There are two types of bronchitis, acute bronchitis also called a chest cold or chronic bronchitis. The symptoms of both include:

  • Coughing
  • Production of mucus
  • Fatigue
  • Short of breath
  • Fever and chills
  • Discomfort in chest area

A chest cold should mostly clear up after the first week, but it might take a couple more to completely get rid of your cough. Chronic bronchitis is a bad cough that lasts for three months. If you have a cough that lasts longer than three weeks or keeps you awake at night it’s important to schedule an appointment with Dr. Juarez-Uribe.

Why did I get bronchitis?

Acute bronchitis can be caused by viruses that are similar to the flu or the common cold. However chronic bronchitis is most commonly caused by cigarette smoking. Contributing factors can also be related to air pollution or toxic gas. You can reduce your risk of bronchitis by:

  • Reducing exposure to cigarette smoke
  • Keeping your vaccinations current
  • Washing your hands regularly
  • Wearing a mask if in a polluted environment

If you are nervous about developing bronchitis or if you have symptoms of bronchitis while working or residing in a polluted environment it’s important to make an appointment with Dr. Juarez-Uribe.

How is it diagnosed?

During your appointment with Dr. Juarez-Uribe he will ask you about your symptoms and possibly check the following things:

  • Chest X-ray
  • Oxygen levels
  • Lung function test
  • Blood tests
  • Mucus tests

Dr. Juarez-Uribe can help you find the right treatment options for you and help ease your symptoms until a full recovery is made.

What is the treatment for bronchitis?

For acute bronchitis no prescription medication is needed, because it will likely improve with time. Cough syrup and cough drops may be recommended to help with any discomfort during the natural healing process. If you have other conditions like asthma or obstructive pulmonary disease it’s important to see Dr. Juarez-Uribe so he can help you breathe more easily during your healing process.

If you have chronic bronchitis, more intervention might be necessary. For example, you may require rehabilitation to work on breathing techniques and to find a breathing exercise program that works for you.

Call Cardiology Medical Clinic of Chula Vista or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about bronchitis and see how Dr. Juarez-Uribe can help you.