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Bronchitis & Pneumonia: Explained In Simple Words

People tend to mix up the two diseases due to the similarity of some symptoms but there’s a clear-cut difference between the two. 

Bronchitis is the inflammation of the tubes of the lungs also known as bronchial tubes which carry the air into the air sacs. On the other hand, pneumonia is more severe as inflammation and infection occur in air sacs, present at the bottom of the lungs. 

If bronchitis is left untreated, it can develop into pneumonia causing severe symptoms. Whether you suffer from bronchitis or pneumonia, both have different symptoms and need expert medical care in order to recover from the discomforting symptoms. Therefore, seek expert care immediately if you have experienced any unusual symptoms so as to prevent the complications later.

General Symptoms Of Bronchitis & Pneumonia

Some symptoms of bronchitis and pneumonia are similar: cough, chills and shortness of breath. However, both are entirely different illnesses. Let’s explore some common differences between the two.

Do not worry if you experience any of these symptoms. Urgent Care can help you in treating and managing the disease by prescribing medicines and also counseling you on how you can manage your symptoms. Here’s how we can help you!

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BronchitisPneumonia
Includes upper respiratory symptoms such as sore throat, nasal congestion, or sinusitis in some patientsFever (more than 100.4 F) with chills 
Cough with or without sputumProductive cough (includes sputum or phlegm)
Body achesFatigue
Chest pain due to persistent coughing Chest pain occurs due to the build-up of fluid in the air sacs

Do not worry if you experience any of these symptoms. Urgent Care can help you in treating and managing the disease by prescribing medicines and also counseling you on how you can manage your symptoms. Here’s how we can help you!

How Can Family Urgent Care Help In Managing Bronchitis Or Pneumonia?

We are based in three different locations: Rogers Park and Lincoln Park in Illinois and Schererville in Indiana. You can easily consult our board-certified medical experts by booking an appointment or by directly walking into the clinic to get yourself or your loved one checked.

Once you visit Family Urgent Care, here’s how the doctor helps you in recovering from bronchitis or pneumonia:

Evaluate Symptoms: The provider asks you about your symptoms, medical history, family history, smoking history, or any exposure to pollutants that might have triggered the symptoms. 

  • Examine and Analyse: The doctor performs a physical examination by checking the sounds of your lungs with a stethoscope and also checking your number of breaths per minute to diagnose or assess the severity of the disease. 
  • Diagnostic Tests: Family Urgent Care has testing and imaging facilities within the clinic. So the doctor might order a chest X-ray, sputum culture, or blood tests, if necessary. 
  • Treatment Plan: The provider then prescribes antibiotics, antiinflammatory medications or bronchodilators to cause symptom relief and treat the infection. The type of medicine depends on the clinical condition of each patient and the severity of the disease. 
  • General Health Counseling: You’ll also receive general health counseling regarding what you can eat and lung exercises that you can do at home to recover faster. 
  • Follow-Up Care: If you experience any concerning symptoms at home like fever or chills, persistent cough or your symptoms won’t improve even after treatment, you can book online video or phone appointments to connect with the doctor without commuting to the clinic. 

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