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Bronchitis Santa Monica, CA

Airway irritation that results in inflammation and coughing can be attributed to asthma or bronchitis. They both have similar symptoms; however, the source of the problem is not the same. Treatment for the condition depends on a proper diagnosis.

Acute bronchitis presents with general malaise, a cough that produces mucus, chills, headache and tightness or soreness in the chest. People with asthma may also have acute bronchitis. Asthma causes the airways to become narrow. When bronchitis is also present, mucus adds to the problem because it can clog breathing passages.

Acute bronchitis does not last as long. It is a viral infection that causes inflammation of the bronchial tubes. Thick mucus forms inside the swollen passages, and this causes breathing difficulty. Since acute bronchitis is caused by a virus, antibiotics will not cure the problem. The symptoms will subside once the virus runs its course. Over-the-counter medicines can help loosen the mucus and break it up.

Chronic bronchitis lasts a long time and can be reoccurring. Smokers often have this condition due to lung irritation caused by the smoke. Treatment for chronic bronchitis may include a program of breathing exercises. A respiratory therapist instructs you on how to breathe easier. Pulmonary rehabilitation benefits many patients with chronic bronchitis.

Self-Care for Chronic Bronchitis

If you have chronic bronchitis, there are some steps you can take to ease the condition. Lung irritants can bring on your symptoms. If you are a smoker, quitting will help. Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth will help filter the air you breathe when you are in a polluted area, or if you are around strong fumes, paint or household cleaners with strong odors.

A humidifier may help by adding moisture to the air. Coughing is relieved when you breathe in warm, moist air. It is important to keep your humidifier clean as instructed by the manufacturer; otherwise, fungi and bacteria could grow in the water chamber, worsening your condition.

An accurate diagnosis for your breathing problem is necessary for you to receive the proper treatment. If you have breathing problems, make an appointment with Dr. Michael for an examination. Treatment will provide relief and have you breathing easy again.

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Brent J. Michael, MD

4.7 / 5.0

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Tammy Siever

Dr. Michael is the most Caring Dr. I have had the privilege of having taking care of my health needs. His calm and personal demeanor is above and beyond what I have ever experienced. I have never had issues with the the waiting time but, if ever I did I would not complain because he is worth the wait. I get his complete attention the entire visit. When I leave I feel very confident that he has completely covered my heath needs from head to toe. I would recommend him to anyone who wants is concerned or wants a Dr. to be concerned about their health.

Gianpaolo von Nacher

Dr. Michael has been our family doctor for over 10 years. He has always been the main pillar in our family care; specially a few years ago when my father wouldn’t have been able to get through a very difficult period without his care. He always goes the extra mile. His staff is amazing. Anita, his nurse, always efficient, loving and caring. Aileen, in the front desk, always responsive and helpful. I’m very grateful to have them on our side.

Mark B

I could literally write pages about Dr. Michael. I thankfully met him and his staff over 13 years ago after I had been suffering from a serious lung infection for over a month that 2 other doctors had missed.- 1 due to being totally arrogant and thinking I just had a cold. I was burning up and so sick I could barely walk. Dr. Michael took the time and actually listened to me - instead of just saying its probably just the flu (as the other doctors had done) or just a cold and sending me home, he actually did a complete physical on me an then had the intuition to order a chest x ray on me (I was not even coughing at the time) and then really looked at it and discovered that I actually had a really serious lung infection and started me on antibiotics. While this may sound like no big deal - it actually was, as he actually saw that it was not a normal looking lung infection and I later learned he went above and beyond and had a infectious disease specialist look at the x ray just to be safe and as he suspected it was even more serious. Since that day he has always been my main doctor. I would also like to add that I have a serious long term health condition and most doctors would generally attribute many of my current and past health issues to my main condition (it usually is the case) but Dr. Michael always looks at whatever is happening to me at the moment as if I was a new patient. This is probably his biggest talent and gift as a doctor as he has on more than one occasion over the years thought outside the box with me and has figured out quickly why I was sick at the time - sometimes it was minor but more than a few times it was really serious. His quick way of thinking and knowledge and intuition is what kept me from getting sicker and going into the hospital. If you are looking for a doctor that actually treats you like a person and not a number then see this man. I am not a celebrity or a wealthy person - far from it - but he treats me like I am - many Vets like myself go to the VA and its a great blessing but I just do not have the energy to go there as its so big. Dr. Michael is seriously brilliant and really patient and I am truly thankful I found him.

Edward Dragavon

Dr. Michael takes the time to explain the meaning of medical terms and test results in a way that a lay person can understand. He is very thorough and answers any question that you may have. His staff is also very professional and competent at their tasks. Given a choice, I wouldn't go anywhere else.

Tim Whalen

Dr. Michael is an intelligent caring human being who is focused on positive outcomes. He has a great ability to synthesize the details of lab results and other tests into preventive measures. I greatly respect his approach to care.

William Barry

A very smart and caring doctor. Very intuitive and yet he will base his decisions on test data. Patient for over 10 years. 5 stars

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Brent J. Michael, MD

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 880W
Santa Monica, CA 90404



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