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.

Picture of a man holding up a hand to his mouth as he coughs.

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)
  • Wheezing
  • 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
  • Dust
  • 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.

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Pulmonology & Sleep Disorder Specialists You Can Rely On

When you need top-notch pulmonology care or treatment for a sleep disorder, we’re the specialist you can trust. We provide state-of-the-art diagnostics, comprehensive treatment, and patient-centric service.

Meet Our Team

The experienced team of medical providers at West Coast Pulmonary & Sleep Disorders Center is here to provide you with top-notch care that goes above and beyond to meet your needs. All of our providers are board-certified in internal medicine and many also hold additional board certifications in pulmonary disease, sleep medicine, and critical care medicine. Our bilingual staff can speak English and Spanish for our patients’ convenience.

Allison Wastak, MSN, FNP, AGACNP


Zachary Taich, M.D.


Laura Craver, PA-C


Darren Maehara, M.D.


G. Sofia Nelson, M.D.


Osezemeghonghon (Seze) Obilor, M.D.


Andrew Weymer, M.D.


Movses Hayrabedian, M.D.