UPDATE: TRAVEL TO CANADA REQUIRES COVID-19 MOLECULAR TESTING RESULTS: SCHEDULE NOW

At AFC Urgent Care West Long Branch we put the health and safety of our patients first and offer a wide range of services for you to access conveniently. Please just walk in and meet our friendly staff or if you prefer schedule an appointment online.

Drug screening hours: 8AM-6PM on Monday to Friday times and 8AM-3PM Saturday and Sunday.

Why Patients Should Go to Urgent Care to Get Bronchitis Treatment

Bronchitis is a type of upper respiratory infection that’s especially common during the wintertime. Bronchitis often rises in the number of cases along with the cold, flu, pneumonia, and sinus infections. If bronchitis goes untreated it will get worse and can even require hospitalization. When you’re battling a case of bronchitis, getting the treatment you need when you need it is vital. 

What is Bronchitis? 

Bronchitis is a viral infection that attacks the airways that connect between your lungs. Bronchitis typically lasts about one week, although it can continue to worsen causing more complications. Bronchitis is often recurring in those who have a history of smoking or other lung disease. 

How is Bronchitis Diagnosed? 

Bronchitis is easily mistaken for pneumonia because the symptoms are so similar. The first step of diagnosis is looking at your symptoms. Common symptoms of bronchitis include: 

  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough 
  • Chest congestion
  • Fatigue
  • Body aches 

Bronchitis does not typically come with a fever, but pneumonia does. After evaluating your symptoms, the doctor will likely order a chest x-ray to confirm the diagnosis of bronchitis rather than pneumonia. 

Can Urgent Care Treat Bronchitis? 

Urgent care centers offer on-site x-ray imaging which means they’re able to diagnose bronchitis quickly and easily. Once diagnosed, the doctor will devise a treatment plan. Since bronchitis is a viral infection, it typically clears up on its own without antibiotics. The doctor at urgent care can still prescribe a cough medication to make you more comfortable and offer tips for helpful home remedies.

If you are in need of antibiotics to cure your bronchitis, urgent care can provide a prescription. Your treatment plan should also include a follow-up after a certain period of time to ensure the bronchitis has cleared from your system and no other treatment is needed. 

Utilizing your local urgent care center for your bronchitis treatment will allow you to get the treatment you need without hours spent in an emergency room waiting room. You’ll also be able to get treatment you can afford due to the lower costs at an urgent care center. Waiting to get treated at your primary care provider gives the bronchitis time to get worse, while an urgent care center has flexible hours of operation that allow you to stop by whenever it’s convenient. 

We know life gets busy this time of year, but you’re never too busy to prioritize your health and well being!

AFC Urgent Care accepts all patients as in office visits.

However, if you have had direct long-term exposure to an individual who has tested positive to COVID-19 and exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms and require a COVID-19 test please select ‘Telemedicine Urgent Care Visit- Not in Office’ from the drop down menu ‘Reason for Visit’.Our provider will conduct their medical examination via telemedicine.

For all other tests and visits you can just walk in or schedule an appointment on line, select ‘In Office Urgent Care Visit’ from the drop down menu ‘Reason for Visit’. We look forward to meeting you.

FOR VISITS BEFORE JULY 1

Use this button to pay your bill for visits and billing before July 1st

FOR VISITS AFTER JULY 1

Use this button to pay your bill for visits and billing after July 1st