Urgent Care for Bronchitis and Pneumonia
Bronchitis and pneumonia are both lung infections that can result in moderate to severe illness. They are common ailments, often sharing similar symptoms—one reason why they can be easily mistaken for each other. Pneumonia can lead to complications if left untreated. Bronchitis can lead to complications particularly in those who smoke or have chronic lung disease.
What Causes Bronchitis and Pneumonia?
While bronchitis and pneumonia may share similar symptoms, they actually affect different parts of the body. Pneumonia—caused either by viruses, bacteria or fungal infection—attacks the lungs, while bronchitis is typically viral and affects the airways that connect with the lungs.
For most people bronchitis is acute and lasts for approximately one week, as opposed to recurring regularly. In smokers, however, recurrent bronchitis may be a sign of COPD or chronic lung disease.
What are the Symptoms of Bronchitis and Pneumonia?
Though they are separate illnesses, bronchitis and pneumonia may manifest with the following symptoms:
- Body Aches
- Shortness of Breath
- Chest Congestion
Productive cough is a sign of pneumonia, as is fever. If fever of 102 F or higher is present, medical attention should be sought immediately.
Diagnosing and Treatment of Bronchitis and Pneumonia
Because bronchitis and pneumonia can present similarly to one another, an examination by a ConvenientMD treating provider is recommended for those who are experiencing symptoms. Certain tests, such as a chest x-ray may be ordered to confirm a diagnosis, after which a treatment plan will be devised. In most cases, pneumonia can be successfully treated with antibiotics (if the condition is caused by bacteria), and/or steroids and cough medications. Bronchitis is often viral and therefore will not require antibiotics, except in certain circumstances in patients with chronic lung disease.
Pediatric patients do not suffer from bronchitis. Pneumonia is common, even in healthy children, particularly during respiratory season. It often follows a viral infection such as a cold or influenza. Repeat occurrences of pneumonia may indicate respiratory tract anomalies, in which case an evaluation for immune deficiencies or chronic asthma should be considered.
Do You Have Bronchitis or Pneumonia?Visit a ConvenientMD Location in NH, ME or MA Today!
Infections of the lung and/or airway are not to be taken lightly and can result in serious complications—including death—if left untreated. ConvenientMD has the knowledgeable staff and diagnostic equipment necessary for differentiating between bronchitis and pneumonia, and we’ll do everything in our power to get you feeling back to normal as soon as possible.
Don’t mess around with bronchitis or pneumonia—visit any ConvenientMD location today. We’re open seven days a week, so just stop into one of our clinics in Maine, New Hampshire or Massachusetts without ever needing an appointment.