U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 43-year-old member asked:

How is chronic bronchitis treated?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
Prevent & Control: Prevent symptoms and further loss of lung function by getting a flu and pneumonia vaccine. These significantly reduce your chances of severe respiratory illness. 2nd, bronchodilators and inhaled steroids can reduce the shortness of breath and prevent "exacerbations". Finally, exercise to improve clearance of secretions. And oh yeah, if you smoked, and haven't already done so, stop smoking!
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Treatment...: Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, is typically treated with bronchodilator and steroid inhalers as well as supplemental oxygen if the oxygen level in the blood is low. Smoking cessation is a necessary part of treatment. There is no cure but symptoms can be managed with therapy so see your doctor for specific treatment as well as diagnosis.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.

Similar questions

A 21-year-old member asked:

What is chronic bronchitis?

4 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 28 years experience
Type of obstruction: Chronic bronchitis is a type of obstructive lung disease. It is characterized by cough and sputum production for approximately 100 days out of the year (not necessarily consecutive days). Usually the patient has shortness of breath and purulent secretions.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.

Related questions

A 48-year-old member asked:
How can I manage chronic bronchitis?
2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
A 36-year-old member asked:
How can I address chronic bronchitis?
2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
A 40-year-old member asked:
How can you avoid chronic bronchitis?
1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
A 30-year-old member asked:
Can I exercise with chronic bronchitis?
2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
A 34-year-old member asked:
What sort of disease is chronic bronchitis?
2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Last updated Jan 27, 2018


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.