Bronchitis Treatment Online

Bronchitis is not a specific disease; rather, it is a general term for an inflammation of the bronchial tubes.


Bronchitis symptoms can vary, but patients typically experience:

  • Tightness in the chest
  • Difficulty breathing or persistent wheezing
  • Chest congestion
  • A cough accompanied by thick mucus or phlegm
  • And more.

Diagnosing and Treating Bronchitis Online

Bronchitis is a fairly common condition for which patients log on to Amwell and see a doctor. There are two types of bronchitis: acute and chronic. Acute bronchitis sets in quickly and usually lasts for two to three weeks, whereas chronic bronchitis causes recurring symptoms that can last for several weeks or months.  Bronchitis is not contagious, however, the disease that causes the bronchitis symptoms may be. Since bronchitis is usually caused by a virus, antibiotics are generally not helpful and are not frequently prescribed. However, a doctor can make a treatment plan including other over-the-counter and prescription medications to help you feel better. 

During a video consult on Amwell your doctor will ask you a series of targeted questions to determine if your symptoms point to bronchitis. Then your provider will proceed to determine the best treatment plan for you. Your provider may recommend in-person examination by a specialist if this is needed. Your treatment plan is based on the duration and severity of your symptoms and your medical history.

Once a diagnosis has been made, your doctor will go over the risks and benefits of the various treatment plans. Depending on the cause and severity of the illness, your treatment plan for bronchitis may include:

  • Over the counter (OTC) medication to relieve cough symptoms
  • Home remedies that help with coughing and relieve discomfort

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Ask the Doctor About Bronchitis

Video Transcript

Cough is one of the most common conditions we see online, and let's face it we all know how annoying a cough can be. Cough is often the last symptom to go away following a common cold and many people don't realize that their cold and cough can last for up to 14 to 21 days. Bronchitis is an inflammation of the upper airways and is often in most healthy people a viral condition this means it won't respond to antibiotics. The doctors at American Well, with the assistance of your mobile device or desktop can help make an accurate diagnosis of your cough. We can ask that you bring the camera on your phone up to your mouth so we can assess the back of your throat and make sure there is no other reason for that cough. Through the use of deep breathing maneuvers we can assess the quality of your cough and make sure that there is nothing else going on. Once we come up with a treatment plan that is customized for you, we ask that if you're not responding to the treatment within about 3 days to follow up with your primary care physician or with your online care doctor.

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