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Prime Pulmonary & Sleep Center

Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine located in Bakersfield, CA & Delano, CA

If you struggle to get a full breath of air or cough constantly, bronchitis may be the culprit. At Prime Pulmonary & Sleep Center, Pramil Vaghasia, MD, and Ruchi Bansal, MD, can diagnose and treat bronchitis to help you recover as quickly as possible. Call the office in Bakersfield or Delano, California, or book an appointment online today.


What is Bronchitis?

Bronchitis is a lung condition that occurs when the lining of bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from your lungs, gets inflamed. It can cause you to cough up thick, discolored mucus. Bronchitis can either be acute (short-lived) or chronic (ongoing).

Acute bronchitis

Acute bronchitis is a common condition that may develop because of a cold. Its symptoms often go away within 7-10 days, with a lingering cough that can last several weeks. 

Chronic bronchitis

Chronic bronchitis is the ongoing inflammation of your bronchial tubes that often occurs because of smoking. Chronic bronchitis is a condition included in the group of chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPDs). It produces a cough that lasts at least three months or is ongoing

What are the symptoms of Bronchitis?

Common signs and symptoms associated with bronchitis include:

  • Persistent or severe coughing
  • Coughing up mucus
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest discomfort
  • Fever
  • Chills 
  • Fatigue

With acute bronchitis, you may experience body aches, a mild headache, or other cold symptoms. If you have chronic bronchitis, there might be times when your cough and other symptoms get worse or better.

What are the risk factors for Bronchitis?

While anybody can develop bronchitis, some factors increase your risk of experiencing it. Examples include:

  • Colds
  • Flu
  • Other respiratory illnesses
  • A weak immune system
  • Exposure to workplace irritants
  • Gastric reflux
  • Cigarette smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke

When left untreated, bronchitis can lead to pneumonia in some cases. Ways to reduce your risk of developing bronchitis include not smoking, getting vaccinated for the flu, wearing a mask when exposed to workplace fumes or dust, and washing your hands often.

How does my doctor diagnose Bronchitis?

Your pulmonologist can diagnose bronchitis after reviewing your medical history, asking about your symptoms, and listening to your lungs as you breathe. They may recommend you undergo chest X-rays, mucus tests, and lung function testing to diagnose your condition and develop a treatment plan. 

What are my Bronchitis treatment options?

Bronchitis may get better on its own over time with plenty of rest and fluids. Your specialist may recommend the following:

Lifestyle changes

Avoid smoking and other lung irritants, use a humidifier when you sleep, and wear a facemask outdoors if cold air causes shortness of breath.


Taking certain medications can reduce breathing problems and a cough associated with bronchitis. Your doctor may suggest you take prescription or over-the-counter medicines or use an inhaler.

Pulmonary rehabilitation

Pulmonary rehabilitation includes breathing exercises that reduce bronchitis symptoms and allow you to breathe easier, especially during exercise.

Don’t live with a chronic cough or shortness of breath due to bronchitis when relief is within reach at Prime Pulmonary & Sleep Center. Call the nearest office or book an appointment online today.



8305 Brimhall Rd.,
Suite 1601 
Bakersfield, CA 93312


1205 Garces Highway,
Suite 203
Delano, CA 93215


Monday: 8am - 6pm
Tuesday: 8am - 6pm
Wednesday: 8am - 6pm
Thursday: 8am - 6pm
Friday: 8am - 6pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Sleep Studies:
Monday-Sunday 8pm- 6am


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Fax: 661-695-6767