First and foremost, if you are a smoker, you need to stop smoking
. Otherwise none of the treatment will work.Consult a pulmonary medicine
specialist. Don’t be surprised if your doctor simply recommend rest and lots of fluids. A bout of acute bronchitis
will often fade away on its own. Letting your body rest and drinking plenty of fluids may help it disappear more quickly.
Other treatments may include:
1. A cough
suppressant (but only if you’re not bringing up mucus anymore; if you are, it means you’re still clearing your airways and your doctor likely won’t advise you to take one)
2. Pain reliever
3. Sleeping near a humidifier or sitting in a steamy bathroom.
4. Bronchodilators (inhaled medicines that help open your airways)
Antibiotics are powerful medicines that treat bacterial infections. But acute bronchitis is usually caused by a viral infection. Antibiotics don’t help with a virus. If your doctor thinks the cause is bacteria, you might get a prescription for antibiotics. If so, be sure to take the full prescription of antibiotics. Even if you feel better, the infection could still be in your system. You want to make sure you kill all the bacteria on the first try. A bout of acute bronchitis can make breathing even tougher if you have other respiratory problems.
, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
) all can narrow your airways. If you have one of these conditions along with bronchitis, you will probably need an inhaler and other treatments. Be sure to tell your doctor all the medicines you are already taking to make sure no drugs will interact with each other.
At-Home Care: Even with treatment, your cough may last for a few more weeks. It should become milder and drier as the days go by. You may also feel tired for a while longer. Plan to get rest. Don’t expect to have a lot of energy right away.
If your cough doesn’t improve and you continue to feel sick, see your doctor again. It could be a bacterial infection after all. Or you might have other breathing problems that are keeping you from getting over your acute bronchitis.
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