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What can relieve chronic bronchitis?

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In addition to quitting smoking, you can focus on your breathing and do your best not to get colds or the flu. Some things to think about and do:

  • Keep your weight in check with a good diet and exercise. More weight makes it harder to breathe. Also, the muscles you use for breathing get stronger when you exercise.
  • Pursed-lip breathing can help slow down the fast breathing that sometimes comes with chronic bronchitis.

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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