When should I see my healthcare provider?
It is often difficult to know whether you have a cold, bronchitis, or pneumonia because symptoms are similar. See your healthcare provider if you have:
- A cold that lasts more than two to three weeks.
- A fever greater than 102° F.
- A fever that lasts more than five days.
- A cough that produces blood.
- Any shortness of breath or wheezing.
- A change in the color of mucus.
If you have chronic bronchitis/COPD, choose lifestyle and activity changes that promote mental and physical health. Tips include:
- Working as long as you are able to do so.
- Managing your emotional health. Talk to a counselor if you need to do so. Make positive changes, like going outside, staying involved with friends and hobbies, getting a good night’s sleep and following suggestions of your healthcare provider.
- Being a partner in your healthcare plan.
- Asking for support from family and friends.
- Managing stress by exercising and practicing relaxation methods.
- Eating well.