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What can make bronchitis worse?

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With bronchitis, you should stay away from things that irritate your lungs:

  • If you smoke, the most important thing you can do is stop. If you need help quitting, talk to your doctor about what might work best for you.
  • Avoid dust, chemical fumes, smoke from other people, and anything else that can bother your lungs. If you can’t, try wearing a mask.
  • Wear a mask if cold air triggers your cough or makes you short of breath.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Bronchitis.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Acute Bronchitis,” “Chronic Bronchitis.”

PubMed: “Bronchitis.”

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

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

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

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

National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Living with Chronic Bronchitis.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on December 15, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Bronchitis.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Acute Bronchitis,” “Chronic Bronchitis.”

PubMed: “Bronchitis.”

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

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

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

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

National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Living with Chronic Bronchitis.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on December 15, 2018

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