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Bronchitis is spreading — is it in your neighborhood?

Coughing? Just exhausted? Sore or tight chest? Then you may have What’s Going Around — Bronchitis.

Centra Care physicians have seen increases in Bronchitis patients all around Central Florida. Specifically, cases at the Winter Garden Village and Lee Road locations were both up 500% or more and the Conway Centra Care location was up 350%.

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Bronchitis is inflammation of the large air passages in the lungs. Symptoms of bronchitis include a dry cough that develops into a cough with mucus, wheezing, fatigue, chest tightness and a mild fever. Typically, acute bronchitis develops from colds and other upper respiratory infections. Chronic bronchitis is most often a result of smoking or other pollutants.

Acute bronchitis is contagious so washing your hands and keeping them away from your face is an important step in prevention.

Bronchitis usually goes away on its own in about a week, but if your symptoms worsen, you have shortness of breath, or a fever that lasts more than four or five days, head to Centra Care or contact your physician.

If you suspect you have bronchitis there are some things you can do at home to lessen the severity of symptoms:

  • Over the counter medications can help pain, fever and cough
  • A humidifier can help break up mucus
  • Drink lots of fluids
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Keep away from tobacco smoke