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A 21-year-old member asked:

Are there any foods that can help prevent bronchitis?

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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Dr. Andrew Carrollanswered
Family Medicine 25 years experience
No: This is a qualified "no". If there is a food trigger causing the bronchitis (for example, a respiratory allergy), then avoiding the food will resolve the bronchitis. But there is no foods that would prevent bronchitis. Avoid smoking and second hand contact, eat healthy, exercise. The normal stuff.
Dr. Lorne Campbell Sr.
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: Food can prevent bronchitis but only as it pertains to general health. Eating healthy will help to maintain the body's immune system. Things that can be done to directly prevent bronchitis include frequent hand washing. And covering your cough to to prevent spread of germs to others.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
No...: Acute bronchitis is due to an infection of the airways while chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, is due to smoking. Neither is preventable by specific foods although eating a well-balanced diet is generally good for your health.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

How can I help prevent bronchitis?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Acute of chronic?: Acute bronchitis is usually due to either a bacterial or viral infection. To prevent it, avoidance of infected people when possible as well as frequent hand washing is needed. Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, is typically due to smoking so avoidance of smoking and smoking cessation is needed to prevent it.

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