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What can you do to help with bronchitis?

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This usually requires a combination of medications and lifestyle changes. Important ways you can improve your lung health include:

Following those steps are just as important if you think you have acute bronchitis. To learn other ways to treat your cough, see your doctor to find out what’s causing it.

  • Quit smoking; ask your doctor about therapies that might help.
  • Avoid things that can irritate your lungs, such as secondhand smoke, air pollution, and dust.
  • Wash your hands a lot to lower the odds of infection.

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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