Bronchitis Specialist

Matthew Levin, MD -  - Board Certified Family Practice Physician

Matthew Levin, MD

Board Certified Family Practice Physician located in Greensburg, PA & Delmont, PA

A nagging cough may be more than just an annoying interruption – it could be the sign of a more serious underlying condition like bronchitis. Dr. Matthew Levin, a board-certified family physician with offices in Delmont and Greensburg, Pennsylvania diagnoses and treats patients of all ages with the symptoms of acute and chronic bronchitis. Call for an appointment or schedule a consultation online at either location.

Bronchitis Q & A

What is bronchitis?

Bronchitis is a viral condition in which the lining of your bronchial tubes becomes inflamed, infected and swollen. Bronchitis usually develops after a cold or another respiratory infection. Bronchial tubes carry air to your lungs, so when they aren’t functioning properly, you cough a lot, and your body produces extra mucus.

Acute bronchitis usually improves in a week to 10 days as you recover from your cold or flu. It doesn’t produce lasting side effects, although you may have a lingering cough. Chronic bronchitis that doesn’t go away or occurs repeatedly requires medical attention. Chronic bronchitis may also be part of a more comprehensive condition called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

What are the symptoms of bronchitis?

Bronchitis symptoms include a cough, difficulty breathing and any of the following:

  • Chest congestion and discomfort
  • Clear, white, yellow, or green mucus that comes up when you cough
  • A wheezing sound when you try to breathe deeply
  • Fatigue
  • Headache, fever, or chills
  • Stuffy nose
  • Sore throat

When symptoms don’t improve, or they continue to get worse, it’s a good idea to let Dr. Levin listen to your lungs through his stethoscope and discuss your symptoms with him. He may also order a chest X-ray to rule out pneumonia or other illnesses that might be causing your cough and chest congestion.

How is bronchitis treated?

Since bronchitis is the result of a viral infection, antibiotics won’t help. But, Dr. Levin may recommend cough medicines to help you sleep better and control coughing during the day. If your bronchitis is chronic and you have asthma or COPD, too, Dr. Levin may prescribe an inhaler or other medications that help reduce inflammation in your bronchial tubes.

To relieve your symptoms at home, try the following:

  • Drink eight to 12 glasses of water each day to help thin out your mucus so you can cough it up more easily.
  • Get plenty of sleep so your body can recover.
  • Take ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain and fever.
  • Use a room humidifier or take a hot shower with lots of steam to loosen mucus in your lungs.

Chronic bronchitis treatment may include a pulmonary rehabilitation program in which a respiratory therapist teaches you some breathing exercises and helps you manage your lifestyle to minimize symptoms.

If you have a cough that isn’t going away, call or schedule an appointment online so Dr. Levin can accurately diagnose the cause and prescribe the most effective treatment.