1. Get PLENTY OF REST
Bronchitis can make you feel really tired, because it affects the lungs. So it is very wise to take some time and rest, thus giving your lungs time to heal.
2. DRINK PLENTY OF WARM FLUIDS.
You should keep your body hydrated at all times, and drinking fluids with warm temperature can help sore throat.
* Chicken soup and herbal tea are very helpful.
3. COUGHING IS IMPORTANT
Coughing is very important as it helps to get rid off the infection inside your lungs.Do not take over-the-counter cough suppressant without consulting your doctor as it may prevent your lungs from healing.
Additionally, if coughing gets extremely painful and persistent, please consult your doctor.
4. DO NOT SMOKE
avoid areas of excessive pollution and smoking as these can lead to painful coughing and also cause the lung healing process to take longer.
5. USE WARM COMPRESS-
Apply heat to your chest, especially when coughing as bronchitis can make your chest feel painful and heavy. Simple task such as; taking a warm bath or using a warm towel will help.
6. List of agents which should be used for symptomatic treatment of bronchitis include the following:
Central cough suppressants (eg, codeine and dextromethorphan) – Short-term symptomatic relief of coughing in acute and chronic bronchitis
Short-acting beta-agonists (eg, ipratropium bromide and theophylline) – Control of bronchospasm, dyspnea, and chronic cough in stable patients with chronic bronchitis; a long-acting beta-agonist plus an inhaled corticosteroid can also be offered to control chronic cough
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) – Treatment of constitutional symptoms of acute bronchitis, including mild-to-moderate pain
Antitussives/expectorants (eg, guaifenesin) – Treatment of cough, dyspnea, and wheezing
Mucolytics – Management of moderate-to-severe COPD, especially in winter
Among otherwise healthy individuals, antibiotics have not demonstrated any consistent benefit in acute bronchitis. The following recommendations have been made with respect to treatment of acute bronchitis with antibiotics:
Acute bronchitis should not be treated with antibiotics unless comorbid conditions pose a risk of serious complications
Antibiotic therapy is recommended in elderly (>65 years) patients with acute cough if they have had a hospitalization in the past year, have diabetes mellitus or congestive heart failure, or are receiving steroids
Antibiotic therapy is recommended in patients with acute exacerbations of chronic bronchitis
In stable patients with chronic bronchitis, long-term prophylactic therapy with antibiotics is not indicated.
Influenza vaccination may reduce the incidence of upper respiratory tract infections and, subsequently, reduce the incidence of acute bacterial bronchitis. It may be less effective in preventing illness than in preventing serious complications and death. Source: emedicine.medscape.com
7. SEEK HELP FROM YOUR DOCTOR
After a week or a week and few days bronchitis usually heals itself. however, there are instances where the lungs are unable to expel the infection inside, so it is very important to consult with your doctor if you are experiencing any of the following;
- If you are coughing so much you can’t sleep at night.
- if you have a fever that lasts more than a couple of days.if you
- if you feel light-headed or have trouble getting enough oxygen.
- If you cough up blood.
- If you notice an increase in the amount or thickness of the phlegm you cough up.
- if your coughing lasts more than a week, and doesn’t seem to be going away.
- If you have a pre-existing condition that could affect your body’s ability to take care of the infection on its own.
8. It is very important to know whether you have chronic bronchitis.
Chronic bronchitis is a lung infection that persists over the course of several years. Additionally, this is a chronic inflammatory condition in the lungs that causes the airways leading to the lungs (respiratory passages) to be irritated and swollen. This causes thick mucus to form, which damages the lungs.
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