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What can I do to treat bronchitis?

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Here are some things you can do to ease your symptoms:

  • Drink a lot of water. Eight to 12 glasses a day help thin out your mucus and makes it easier to cough it up.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers with ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), or aspirin to help with pain, but avoid giving aspirin to children. You can use acetaminophen (Tylenol) to help with pain and fever.
  • Use a humidifier or try steam to loosen up the mucus; a hot shower can work well.

From: Is It Bronchitis or Pneumonia? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Bronchitis,” “Pneumonia.”

American Lung Association: “Learn About Pneumonia,” “Acute Bronchitis Symptoms, Causes, and Risk Factors,” “Pneumonia Symptoms, Causes, and Risk Factors,” “Diagnosing and Treating Pneumonia.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Acute Bronchitis.”

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School: “Acute Bronchitis.”

NIH, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Explore Pneumonia.”

CDC: “Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work.”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Bronchitis.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on December 06, 2016

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Bronchitis,” “Pneumonia.”

American Lung Association: “Learn About Pneumonia,” “Acute Bronchitis Symptoms, Causes, and Risk Factors,” “Pneumonia Symptoms, Causes, and Risk Factors,” “Diagnosing and Treating Pneumonia.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Acute Bronchitis.”

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School: “Acute Bronchitis.”

NIH, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Explore Pneumonia.”

CDC: “Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work.”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Bronchitis.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on December 06, 2016

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