The Providers to Choose for Chronic Bronchitis Treatment
If you are experiencing the symptoms of chronic bronchitis, entrust your care to the team of experts at West Coast Pulmonary & Sleep Disorders Center. Since 2004, we have been administering first-rate treatment for chronic bronchitis and various other pulmonary conditions to patients across Ventura County, California. Residents of the area can visit our Oxnard and Camarillo offices for chronic bronchitis treatment, and those who live outside the region or cannot attend an in-person appointment can take advantage of our telemedicine service.
What Is Chronic Bronchitis?
Chronic bronchitis is one of the lung conditions collectively referred to as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD (another main type is emphysema). It is characterized by the irritation and swelling of the bronchi, which transport air to and from the lungs. Inflammation can cause mucus to build up within the airways, making it even more difficult for the lungs to inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. To be diagnosed with chronic bronchitis, someone must experience a productive cough on most days for at least three months per year, for at least two consecutive years.
Chronic Bronchitis Symptoms
Like the other forms of COPD, chronic bronchitis worsens over time. As the condition progresses, symptoms may include:
- Coughing (often accompanied by mucus)
- Shortness of breath (especially with physical exertion)
- A squeaking or whistling sound while breathing
- Chest discomfort
In more severe cases, individuals with chronic bronchitis may experience muscle weakness, unexplained weight loss, swelling within the lower extremities, and blue tinting of the skin, lips, and fingernails. People with chronic bronchitis are also more susceptible to respiratory infections.
Chronic Bronchitis Causes
Chronic bronchitis most often results from smoking cigarettes and other forms of tobacco (for example, pipes and cigars). However, it can also be caused by alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency or long-term exposure to irritants such as:
- Secondhand smoke
- Air pollution
- Chemical fumes
Treatment for Chronic Bronchitis
Researchers are still working to find a cure for chronic bronchitis. Treatment is generally aimed at relieving symptoms and slowing the progression of the condition, and may include:
- Oral or inhaled medication
- Oxygen therapy
- Pulmonary rehabilitation
- Lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, avoiding exposure to secondhand smoke and other irritants, eating a more nutritious diet, and exercising
In severe cases where other treatments have failed to provide relief, lung reduction surgery or a lung transplant may become necessary.
Meet With a Chronic Bronchitis Treatment Specialist
Contact West Coast Pulmonary & Sleep Disorders Center today to take the first step toward relieving your chronic bronchitis symptoms. Our knowledgeable team can answer any questions you may have about chronic bronchitis treatment and help you schedule an appointment with one of our skilled pulmonologists. We offer same- and next-day scheduling at our Ventura County, CA, offices, as well as telemedicine visits.