This condition may either be acute or chronic: An acute case of bronchitis may last between a few to 10 days where chronic bronchitis is ongoing. Symptoms of both acute and chronic bronchitis include wheezing, coughing, fatigue, chest discomfort or tightness, and coughing up mucus, which can be white, clear or yellowish-gray.

The cause of bronchitis varies. Acute cases are commonly caused by viruses, usually the same viruses that cause the flu and colds. Dust, air pollution and cigarette smoking are the main causes of chronic bronchitis. Should you or a loved one have this condition, find bronchitis treatment in Central Oregon at St. Charles Health System.

Expert bronchitis treatment at St. Charles Health System

The respiratory therapists at St. Charles Health System offer a range of treatment options for both acute and chronic bronchitis. Acute cases may be relieved by over-the-counter pain relievers and cough medicines, oral or inhaled steroids to help reduce the inflamed airways, or bronchodilator medications to open the airways to improve airflow. Chronic bronchitis may be helped by oxygen and bronchodilator therapy, but quitting smoking or avoiding secondhand smoke and other possible lung irritants are also effective. Pulmonary rehabilitation — breathing exercises that help you breathe more easily — may also be used to treat cases of chronic bronchitis.

For more information about bronchitis symptoms, causes or treatment or the respiratory services offered at St. Charles Health System, call 541-706-7715 to schedule an appointment or to speak to a physician.

St. Charles Health System offers expert bronchitis treatment in Central Oregon.