Prompt Care for Bronchitis at RapidCare
Emergency Room

Are you experiencing persistent coughing, wheezing, or difficulty breathing? It might be bronchitis.

At RapidCare Emergency Room, we’re here to provide you with fast and effective treatment for this respiratory condition. Our experienced medical team is available 24/7, including holidays, at our four convenient locations in Texas: La Porte, Montgomery/Conroe, Missouri City/Sugar Land, and Katy. Don’t wait – if you suspect bronchitis, seek medical attention promptly to ensure your well-being.


What is Bronchitis?

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes, which are the airways that carry air to and from your lungs. It can result from various factors, including infections, exposure to irritants, and underlying medical conditions. Bronchitis can be acute (short-term) or chronic (long-lasting).

What are the Two Types?

  1. Acute Bronchitis: This is usually caused by viral infections, such as the flu or common cold. Symptoms include coughing, chest discomfort, and mucus production.


  1. Chronic Bronchitis: Often associated with smoking, chronic bronchitis involves long-term inflammation and mucus production. It is a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and can lead to serious breathing difficulties.


  • Viral Infections: Most cases of acute bronchitis are caused by viruses like the influenza virus.
  • Bacterial Infections: Less commonly, bacterial infections can trigger this condition.
  • Irritants: Exposure to tobacco smoke, pollution, and other irritants can contribute to bronchitis.
  • Underlying Conditions: Chronic bronchitis can be related to COPD, asthma, or other lung diseases.

How is it Diagnosed?

Our skilled medical professionals will perform a thorough evaluation, which may include a physical exam, medical history review, and possibly diagnostic tests like chest X-rays or lung function tests.

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How is it Treated?

Treatment options depend on the type and severity of bronchitis. For acute cases, rest, hydration, and over-the-counter medications can help relieve symptoms. In some cases, antiviral or antibiotic medications might be necessary. Chronic bronchitis may require long-term management with bronchodilators, inhaled steroids, and lifestyle changes.

Warning Signs to Visit the ER

For Adults:

  • Severe shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Confusion
  • Persistent high fever

For Children:

  • Rapid or labored breathing
  • Bluish skin or lips
  • High fever
  • Difficulty feeding or excessive fussiness

The Importance of Prompt Treatment

Swift and appropriate treatment for bronchitis is crucial to prevent complications like pneumonia, worsening respiratory distress, or exacerbation of underlying lung conditions. Our dedicated team at RapidCare Emergency Room ensures that you receive timely care to enhance your recovery and prevent potential health risks.


Frequently Asked Questions

Avoiding exposure to irritants, quitting smoking, and maintaining good hygiene can reduce the risk.

Acute bronchitis caused by viruses can be contagious.

Seek medical attention if symptoms worsen or if you have trouble breathing.

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RapidCare Emergency Room is your trusted partner for all major to minor medical needs. Our dedicated physicians are available 24/7 to provide compassionate and efficient care. You can reach us through online check-in, walk-in visits, or by calling our helpline.


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With several convenient locations in Texas, RapidCare Emergency Room is committed to keeping you well year-round. Our caring medical team is ready to assist you any time of day or night, ensuring you receive the highest quality care when you need it the most.