How To Get Rid of Bronchitis

By Subodh / July 19, 2011

Bronchitis is an infection in the upper respiratory system. It usually results in the inflammation of the lungs that eventually leads to the narrowing of the lungs. During this process sometimes the lungs shut to shut off and this is what causes constant coughing and wheezing during which a patient gasps for air.

Some cases of bronchitis are acute and only last up to a few weeks, or maybe several weeks. However, there is chronic bronchitis which can last for two years.

This is a condition that could be contagious, depending on whether it is an infectious or non-infectious version. The treatment for this upper respiratory problem is often one that is very specialized.

Overview of Treatments

The chronic bronchitis is the kind that usually requires more in-depth attention. Regular medical treatment is usually required in the form of prescription medicine. The exact medicinal or medical treatment requires may depend on whether or not the bronchitis is bacterial or viral infection.

You should ask your doctor or seek some kind of emergency medical attention if you think you may have bronchitis. However, it may turn out that you just have a very severe cold. Still, similar viruses or bacteria that cause bronchitis also cause common colds so the treatments for such are very similar.

Urgency of Treatment

Once bronchitis has been properly diagnoses it should be treated promptly. Otherwise, it can lead to worsening of upper respiratory infections and even lead to pneumonia or other serious infectious conditions.

If you are in the process of getting rid of bronchitis you should consider using some of the tips you see below:

Seek proper medical attention if you have experienced ongoing symptoms. It is not uncommon to have a cold for at least a few days. However, if coughing or wheezing lasts for much longer than that you should really seek licensed medical attention right away.

You should also seek medical attention if you are having difficulty breathing, because there is a small chance it could even be asthma not bronchitis. It is better to be safe than sorry in any case.

  • Make sure you get plenty of sleep and rest. Taking a break for awhile from at least some of your normal routines can do wonders for you. Sleeping and resting helps your body to rejuvenate itself as it strengthens your immune system once again.
  • Take the prescribed medications as directed. Whatever you do, if your doctor prescribes you an anti-biotic or anti-viral medicine or other medicinal remedy make sure you follow the dosage instructions. Take as much as you are required in the time frame required, and no more or no less unless directed by your doctor.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Water should be on top of that list but you can also drink chicken soup broth and any other kind of soup broth that would help you retain water for longer times. Keeping yourself well hydrated will help your lungs produce phlegm that will help you expel any viruses or bacteria that may be stuck in your lungs.

Additional Advice

If you are suffering bronchitis you are also advised to stay away from secondhand smoke. It may help to get an air humidifier and remove yourself from any air irritants or allergens that are responsible for your condition. Getting an air humidifier could also help, and contrary to popular belief cough suppressants will not help you much if you have bronchitis.

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