Chronic bronchitis is a type of chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD). It’s characterized by inflamed airways and increased mucus production, which can cause a painful, wet cough. Like emphysema, another form of COPD, there is no cure. But chronic bronchitis treatment can help ease the symptoms in certain cases.
Before undertaking any treatment, make sure to see a medical professional to determine the severity of your chronic bronchitis and ensure all treatment is appropriate and effective. They’ll order a variety of tests to measure your lung function to estimate the progression of your chronic bronchitis and a prognosis. They’ll also recommend a course of action for treatment, which may include medication, oxygen therapy and other measures.
Chronic Bronchitis Treatment Options
Depending on your symptoms and the severity of your chronic bronchitis, you might benefit from inhalers and other medications. One type of inhaler is a bronchodilator, which can help open the airways and improve breathing. Short-acting bronchodilators work as needed and are best for sudden on-set symptoms; long-acting bronchodilators are designed to suppress symptoms over time. Combination inhalers — usually steroids and bronchodilators — can reduce inflammation and open airways. Antibiotics may be necessary when chronic bronchitis causes infections, and oral corticosteroids can also be used to reduce lung and airway inflammation.
Oxygen therapy may be necessary in certain cases, helping to improve breathing and reduce fatigue. It also helps prevent damage from low blood oxygen levels, which can happen with more severe chronic bronchitis. Some patients may only need to use oxygen occasionally, while others will need it 24/7. Pulmonary rehabilitation can also benefit through physical exercise, breathing techniques, support and education.
Cellular Therapy May Be a Recommended Chronic Bronchitis Treatment Option
Cellular therapy may help patients with chronic bronchitis breathe easier by helping to treat the underlying cause of the condition. Lung Health Institute uses cells from the patient’s own body to help promote healing from within the lungs. The treatment is done in an outpatient setting, and our knowledgeable patient coordinator team provides support throughout treatment, answering questions and ensuring our patients’ comfort and care.
Contact Lung Health Institute today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.