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Bronchitis and more are going around

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It all starts with a cough, then… BAM! There it is, a good old fashioned summer ‘itis. Now which one could it be? If you’re one of the many Centra Care patients who’ve recently visited our centers, it might be either sinusitis or bronchitis.

According to our most recent data, both conditions had an uptick this past week.

Palm Coast – up 150% (kids)
Carrollwood – up 600%
Citrus Park – up 300%
Conway – up 400%
Kissimmee – up 450%
Sand Lake – up 350%
Winter Park – up 300% (kids)
Palm Coast – up 160%, up 300% (kids)
DeLand – up 100% (kids)
Wesley Chapel – up 800%
Oviedo – up 500%

But how could either illness be circulating now – when it’s summer???
Common ‘itis conditions like bronchitis & sinusitis are inflammatory illnesses. And they typically coincide with cold & flu season but have also been known to make its rounds during warmer months. To get down to the possible causes, it’s important to breakdown both conditions.

The infection occurs when a virus or bacteria make its way into the sinus cavities causing the lining to swell and block mucus from draining.

Symptoms can include:
Cloudy nasal or postnasal discharge
Sinus pressure or headache
Sore throat, cough
Nasal stuffiness

Chronic sinusitis is when symptoms are frequent or gradually get worse. Those living with moderate to severe asthma are also likely to have chronic sinusitis. The acute variety is temporary and usually brought on in conjunction with a cold or when experiencing allergies. Treatment varies based on the cause but if bacterial, antibiotics are often prescribed. While a viral infection can be treated with decongestants, saline nasal irrigation, or over-the-counter pain relievers (for sinus pressure & headache).

Bronchitis is also an infection but this condition impacts the lining of the bronchial tubes, which carry air to the lungs.

Symptoms can include:
Production of mucus
Shortness of breath
Fever, chills
Chest discomfort

Just like sinusitis, bronchitis can be categorized as chronic or acute. The latter often develops from a cold or other respiratory infection, while chronic bronchitis is more serious and requires medical attention. Most cases of acute bronchitis can clear up on their own with rest and drinking lots of fluids. However, if a patient is experiencing coughing that keeps them up at night, a cough suppressant may be suggested. Those with allergies, asthma or COPD may find that using inhalers can help reduce the inflammation of air passages in the lungs.

Prevention Know-How
Don’t let a summer ‘itis ruin the vacation fun. Follow these tried and true tips:
Wash your hands often and avoid touching your face
Make sure you get enough sleep
Stay well-hydrated and eat a balanced diet
Above all, avoid contact with sick people or stay home if feeling ill