While most coughs are innocent enough and don’t last that long, there is a chance a severe cough could be a sign of bronchitis. While most bronchitis infections sort themselves out, there are cases where they can become more severe. If you’ve had a cough for three weeks and it’s not going, you should see your GP for advice. Bronchitis can also produce a fever and it often produces a yellowish mucus.
If you think you have bronchitis and you can’t seem to get rid of it on your own, it is important to see your GP. While they will usually make an appropriate diagnosis there is the potential for a failure to diagnose bronchitis if it is present and producing severe symptoms and yet the medical professional diagnoses something else less serious. In this case the infection can progress and possibly cause more problems as a result.
It is also more dangerous to develop this condition if you already have a condition that affects your lungs or heart. In this case you may wish to visit your GP sooner, just to be sure everything is okay.
Is bronchitis a serious condition that can be problematic?
As mentioned above, the majority of cases are self-limiting in nature and do not require treatment or a visit to your GP. However if your bronchitis worsens then you would probably need medical assistance and possibly treatment. In some cases chronic bronchitis develops which can go on for a long period of time. If this isn’t properly diagnosed it could affect your ability to do a range of everyday activities as you could get tired more easily than you otherwise would. That’s why an early diagnosis can sometimes prevent things from getting worse.
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Date Published: August 12, 2014
Author: David Brown