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How is bronchitis treated?

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Don’t be surprised if your doctor simply recommends 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:

  • 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)
  • Pain reliever
  • Sleeping near a humidifier or sitting in a steamy bathroom
  • Bronchodilators (inhaled medicines that help open your airways)

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health -- National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What are the signs and symptoms of bronchitis?” “What is bronchitis?” “Living with bronchitis?”

American Lung Association: “Diagnosing and Treating Acute Bronchitis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Bronchitis: Test and Diagnosis,” “Bronchitis: Treatment.”

National Council on Aging: “Acute Vs. Chronic Conditions: What’s the Difference?”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on December 06, 2016

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health -- National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What are the signs and symptoms of bronchitis?” “What is bronchitis?” “Living with bronchitis?”

American Lung Association: “Diagnosing and Treating Acute Bronchitis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Bronchitis: Test and Diagnosis,” “Bronchitis: Treatment.”

National Council on Aging: “Acute Vs. Chronic Conditions: What’s the Difference?”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on December 06, 2016

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