Bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes. Acute bronchitis often follows a cold or an upper respiratory infection, and usually improves after a few days. Most bronchitis is caused by a virus and cannot be treated with antibiotics.

Chronic bronchitis, a constant irritation of the bronchial tubes, often caused by smoking, lasts for three months or more, and might be a sign of a more serious health problem.


Symptoms of Bronchitis

Symptoms of bronchitis include:

  • Cough
  • Production of clear, white, yellowish-gray or green mucus —it may be streaked with blood
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Slight fever and chills
  • Chest discomfort

We can help determine if you or a loved one has bronchitis at Urgent Family Care in Knoxville and Sevierville.


Treatment for Bronchitis

Most bronchitis gets better by itself in two weeks. Use a humidifier to moisten the air and loosen the mucus. Avoid smoking, and wear a surgical mask  if you are exposed to irritants in the air, such as paint fumes, or if you are going out into very cold weather.

Sometimes bronchitis leads to a bacterial infection or pneumonia. See a doctor if:

  • The cough lasts more than three weeks.
  • The cough keeps you from sleeping.
  • Your fever is higher than 100.4 F (38 C).
  • You cough up discolored mucus or blood.
  • You are wheezing or short of breath.

Medical attention is available now at Urgent Family Care in Knoxville and Sevierville.


DISCLAIMER: The information on this page is not intended to replace the advice of a physician. It is information that is generally available. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you believe you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.