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What steps can relieve acute bronchitis?

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You can do a few things to ease bronchitis:

  • Steam is helpful because it can loosen up all that mucus. Breathe in steam from a bowl of hot water or take a hot shower.
  • Use a humidifier. (Make sure to clean it as directed so bacteria and fungi don’t grow inside it.)
  • Drink lots of fluids, such as water and fruit juices. Aim for 8 to 12 glasses a day.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Use over-the-counter pain relievers with ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin to help with pain. (Don’t give aspirin to children.)

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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