Visit PhysicianOne Urgent Care for Bronchitis Treatment in Orange, CT

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Bronchitis is a respiratory condition characterized by inflammation of the bronchial tubes, which are the passageways that carry air to and from the lungs. Symptoms of bronchitis can range from mild to severe, so it’s important that you know of a local medical facility to turn to for prompt treatment, such as PhysicianOne Urgent Care. Our location in Orange, Connecticut, is staffed with expert providers who offer prompt and professional services to help you recover quickly. We accept most major health insurance plans and offer affordable self-pay rates for those who aren’t insured.

Types of Bronchitis & Common Bronchitis Symptoms

Understanding the different types of bronchitis is essential in determining the appropriate treatment approach. At PhysicianOne Urgent Care, we will diagnose and manage your bronchitis by providing personalized care depending on whether you have acute or chronic bronchitis:

  • Acute bronchitis – This short-term type of bronchitis is typically caused by viral infections, and usually resolves in about a week.
  • Chronic bronchitis – Defined by having a productive cough for at least three months at a time with recurring bouts for at least two consecutive years, this form of bronchitis is often caused and exacerbated by smoking or long-term exposure to irritants. 

With both types of bronchitis, you’ll experience similar symptoms, which may include:

  • Cough that may produce clear, green, or yellow mucus
  • Chest congestion
  • Runny and/or stuffy nose
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Low-grade fever
  • Chills
  • Whistling or wheezing sound when you breathe

Bronchitis Causes & Risk Factors

Bronchitis can be caused by a variety of factors. Knowing the causes and risk factors of this illness can help lower your risk of getting it or prevent infection altogether. Common causes of bronchitis include:

  • Viral infections – The majority of acute bronchitis cases result from viral infections, often stemming from the same viruses responsible for colds and flu.
  • Bacterial infections – While less common, bacterial infections can also cause bronchitis. Bacterial bronchitis may require antibiotics for treatment.
  • Environmental irritants – Exposure to irritants in your home or public spaces—like tobacco smoke, air pollution, dust, mold, and chemicals—can irritate the bronchial tubes, leading to chronic bronchitis. This is a common cause of the illness among non-smokers.
  • Occupational exposures – Those working in environments with high exposure to the same types of irritants listed above may be at an increased risk of developing bronchitis.
  • Gastric reflux – Occasionally, stomach acid backing up into the esophagus (acid reflux) can reach the bronchial tubes, triggering bronchitis.

Risk factors for bronchitis include:

  • Smoking – Smokers are more susceptible to developing bronchitis and other respiratory conditions.
  • Having a weakened immune system – Individuals with weakened immune systems, whether due to age, pre-existing health conditions, or certain medications, are at a higher risk of developing bronchitis.
  • Environmental exposure – Those consistently exposed to lung irritants may face an increased risk.
  • Age – Children and the elderly are more vulnerable to respiratory infections, including bronchitis.
  • Having certain types of gastric issues – Conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can contribute to bronchitis.

How to Lower Your Risk for Bronchitis

Reducing the risk of bronchitis involves adopting healthy habits and minimizing exposure to factors that can trigger respiratory infections. Here are some practical steps to lower your risk of bronchitis:

  • Quit smoking – If you currently smoke, seek support to quit smoking. PhysicianOne Urgent Care offers resources and guidance to help you quit, improving not only your lung health but overall well-being.
  • Avoid environmental irritants – Minimize exposure to secondhand smoke, air pollution, dust, and chemical fumes. Consider using air purifiers in your living space.
  • Take protective measures in your workplace – If your job involves exposure to lung irritants, ensure you follow safety guidelines and use protective equipment.
  • Practice good hygiene – Wash your hands regularly to reduce the risk of viral infections that can lead to bronchitis.
  • Stay up to date on vaccinations – Ensure you and your family members receive all recommended vaccinations, including the flu vaccine. Vaccines can prevent respiratory infections that may contribute to bronchitis.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle – Eat a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to support your immune system. Engage in regular physical activity to enhance overall health and lung function.
  • Manage acid reflux –  If you have acid reflux, manage it effectively through lifestyle changes and medications as prescribed by your healthcare provider.
  • Stay hydrated – Drink plenty of fluids to keep your body hydrated, which helps in maintaining the integrity of the mucous membranes and lessens your chances of becoming ill.
  • Seek prompt treatment for respiratory infections – If you experience symptoms of respiratory infections, seek prompt medical attention at PhysicianOne Urgent Care. Timely intervention can prevent complications—such as bronchitis—from developing or worsening.

Choose PhysicianOne Urgent Care for Bronchitis Treatment

Taking the proactive measures outlined above can significantly lower your risk of developing bronchitis. However, if you ever find yourself dealing with any of the symptoms we’ve outlined, don't hesitate to visit PhysicianOne Urgent Care for bronchitis treatment. Our Orange location is open 365 days per year with extended hours for your convenience, and you can either walk in or reserve your spot in line by using our online booking tool. We also offer 24/7 integrated virtual care, so you can speak to a qualified local provider any time of day or night, from anywhere.

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