When someone has a cold, it can quickly turn to bronchitis, which can be much more serious. Here is some information that will let you know if you need to visit a doctor should you develop the condition.

Bronchitis 101

There are two types of bronchitis, which occurs when your lungs' airways become inflamed and create an excessive amount of mucus. Acute bronchitis is the more common form, and also referred to as a "chest cold." It is worse than the typical cold, but not as serious as pneumonia. A chronic bronchitis, on the other hand, is characterized by a chronic cough that can last up to two or three months. Symptoms often include fatigue, fever, breathing accompanied by a wheezing sound, or frequent coughing that produces mucus.

Do You Need Medical Help?

If you have a cold and a cough, that is, of course, normal. Coughing is the body's way of eliminating mucus and phlegm. There are some instances, however, where a cough can necessitate a trip to the doctor. For example, you will need to get medical help if you are wheezing, coughing up blood, have night sweats or you have a high fever. If your cough has worsened and you notice any sort of shortness of breath or oddly colored mucus, you should see a doctor as soon as you can.

Preventing Bronchitis

There are a few things you can do that can reduce the chances your cold will turn into bronchitis. For example, stop smoking and do not allow anyone else to smoke inside your home. Get plenty of rest and wash your hands often. If you need to see a doctor for bronchitis, the experts with Questcare Medical Clinic will be ready to help. Contact your nearest location online to learn more.