Bronchitis Specialist

Suleman Lalani, MD -  - Internal Medicine & Geriatric Medicine

Suleman Lalani, MD

Internal Medicine & Geriatric Medicine located in Sugar Land, TX

Do you have a cough that just won’t go away? Are you having a difficult time catching your breath? You may have bronchitis, which is a common condition that can develop from a chest cold, but shouldn’t be ignored. Suleman Lalani, MD, PA, in Sugar Land, Texas, is a triple board-certified physician who can determine if your cough is bronchitis and provide treatment to help you get relief. Call the office today or request an appointment online.

Bronchitis Q & A

What is bronchitis?

Bronchitis refers to inflammation of the lining of your bronchial tubes, which are responsible for carrying air in and out of your lungs. Your bronchitis can either be acute or chronic.

Acute bronchitis

Acute bronchitis, also referred to as a chest cold, often develops during a bout with the common cold or some other type of respiratory infection. Acute bronchitis generally improves within 10 days, but you may continue to cough after your bronchial tube inflammation has subsided.

Chronic bronchitis

Chronic bronchitis is more serious than acute bronchitis and results in constant inflammation of your bronchial tubes. Smoking often causes chronic bronchitis. If you’ve been coughing for more than three months, than you may have chronic bronchitis.

Whether acute or chronic, Dr. Lalani can provide the care you need to improve the inflammation and reduce your coughing. There’s no need to suffer, call the office today so he can help you get the relief you need.

What are the symptoms of bronchitis?

Symptoms of both acute and chronic bronchitis tend to be very similar. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Cough
  • Production of phlegm
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest discomfort
  • Fatigue
  • Fever

With bronchitis, your phlegm may be clear, yellowish, white, or green. If your bronchitis is due to a cold, you may also experience other common cold symptoms such as a headache and body aches.

How is bronchitis diagnosed?

Dr. Lalani can determine if you have bronchitis after a thorough physical examination that includes listening to your lungs. To confirm a diagnosis he may recommend:

  • Chest X-ray to rule out pneumonia
  • Sputum test to see if you have an infection that would benefit from antibiotics
  • Pulmonary function test to assess lung function

Results of these special tests help Dr. Lalani direct his treatment so he can help you feel better as quickly as possible.

What treatments can relieve my bronchitis?

Treatment for your bronchitis may depend on the severity of your symptoms and the underlying cause. Treatment may include:

  • Cough medicine
  • Inhalant or other medication to reduce bronchial tube inflammation
  • Rest
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers

Because most cases of acute bronchitis are caused by a viral infection, antibiotics are rarely prescribed for treatment. But if your tests indicate a bacterial infection, Dr. Lalani prescribes the appropriate antibiotic to help clear up your infection and your cough.

With chronic bronchitis, Dr. Lalani may recommend breathing exercises to improve your breathing and tolerance to activity. He also recommends you quit smoking if you haven’t already.

For expert care of your bronchitis, call Dr. Lalani’s office today or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.