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What can you do to ease the symptoms of acute bronchitis?

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To ease your symptoms, you can:

Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), or aspirin help with pain. That said, avoid giving aspirin to children. You can use acetaminophen (Tylenol) to help treat both pain and fever.

  • Drink a lot of water. Eight to 12 glasses a day helps thin out your mucus and makes it easier to cough it up.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers.
  • Use a humidifier or try steam. A hot shower can be great for loosening up the mucus.
  • Take over-the-counter cough medicines. You might take an expectorant (like guaifenosin) during the day to loosen your mucous so it's easier to cough out. For children, check with your pediatrician before using any cough syrups.

From: Bronchitis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Bronchitis.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Acute Bronchitis.”

American Lung Association: “What Is COPD?,” “Acute Bronchitis Symptoms, Causes, and Risk Factors,” “Diagnosing and Treating Acute Bronchitis,” “Managing and Preventing Acute Bronchitis,” “Emphysema.”

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

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

NHS: “Bronchitis.”

PubMed: “Bronchitis.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “Pertussis.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on October 23, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Bronchitis.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Acute Bronchitis.”

American Lung Association: “What Is COPD?,” “Acute Bronchitis Symptoms, Causes, and Risk Factors,” “Diagnosing and Treating Acute Bronchitis,” “Managing and Preventing Acute Bronchitis,” “Emphysema.”

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

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

NHS: “Bronchitis.”

PubMed: “Bronchitis.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “Pertussis.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on October 23, 2019

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