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What are the treatments for wheezing if it is caused by acute bronchitis?

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  • A bronchodilator -- albuterol (Proventil HFA, Ventolin HFA), levalbuterol, (Xopenex) -- to help ease the wheezing as the infection clears.
  • An antibiotic is usually not needed unless you have an underlying chronic lung problem or your doctor suspects a bacterial infection may be present.

Generally, any mild wheezing that accompanies acute bronchitis disappears when the infection does.

SOURCES: 

American Lung Association: "Diseases A-Z." 

Albert, RH.   December 01, 2010. American Family Physician,

MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: "Wheezing."

UpToDate.com. “Patient information: Allergic rhinitis (seasonal allergies) (Beyond the Basics).”

Boehringer Ingelheim: "US FDA Expands Approval of Tiotropium Respimat® for Maintenance Treatment of Asthma in Children."

FDA. Prescribing Information: Spiriva Respimat.

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 06, 2017

SOURCES: 

American Lung Association: "Diseases A-Z." 

Albert, RH.   December 01, 2010. American Family Physician,

MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: "Wheezing."

UpToDate.com. “Patient information: Allergic rhinitis (seasonal allergies) (Beyond the Basics).”

Boehringer Ingelheim: "US FDA Expands Approval of Tiotropium Respimat® for Maintenance Treatment of Asthma in Children."

FDA. Prescribing Information: Spiriva Respimat.

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 06, 2017

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