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If my wheezing is caused by bronchitis, how is it treated?

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A bronchodilator 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 thinks you may have a bacterial infection.

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 7, 2019

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 7, 2019

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