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May not need any: The vast majority of bronchitis is caused by viral infections and will resolve on its own with or without treatment. Typical course is 7-10 days, but the cough may linger for several weeks. If no fever, or nasty/colored sputum, and symptoms are improving, no treatment needed--your body takes care of that. Otc cough syrup/mucinex may help soothing cough. If worsen, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
Bronchitis is an inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi (airways that carry air from the trachea to the more distal parts of the lungs, or bronchioles). Bronchitis may be caused by either viral or bacterial infections, and is treated with antibiotics , steroids, inhaled bronchodilators, or mucolytics. Bronchitis can be acute or chronic. The latter is usually associated with smoking and may be part of COPD. Both acute and chronic bronchitis can lead to other serious conditions, including pneumonia with ...Read more
Depends....: There are 2 types of bronchitis: acute and chronic, each with different therapies. Acute bronchitis is usually due to either a bacterial or viral infection of the airways. The bacterial infection is treated with antibiotics while the viral infection is treated symptomatically only as antibiotics don't treat viruses. Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, is treated w/ inhalers, oxygen if needed, etc. ...Read more
Treatment...: Acute bronchitis is usually due to either a bacterial or viral infection. If due to bacteria, antibiotics are used whereas if it is due to a virus, symptom management is employed. Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, is treated with smoking cessation, bronchodilator and steroid inhalers. Oxygen is prescribed if the oxygen level is low enough to warrant this therapy. ...Read more
Acute or chronic?: Acute bronchitis is almost always viral. Recurrent or recrudescent bronchitis is usually associated with smoking or environmental pollution. The management will differ depending upon what is going on. See a doctor and get evaluated and appropriately managed. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Acute?: Assuming you are referring to acute bronchitis, the cause is usually either a viral or bacterial infection. If it is due to a virus, there is no specific therapy, only symptom management. If it is due to a bacterial infection, your doctor can prescribe antibiotics. For diagnosis and treatment, see your doctor. If you smoke, you need to quit to cut down on airway inflammation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not enough informati: We can not advice you, we need to know what yu were treated with and fopr how long and if you showed any improvement.Bronchitis if caused by viruses or bacteria if treated properly does not come back.So if you are getting recurrence of symptoms than see your doctor. ...Read more
Not a simple answer: Bronchitis in generally healthy individuals is probably a viral syndrome that is treated symptomatically. If there are other medical conditions present (smoker, copd, immunodeficiency) then some bacteria may be the cause and antibiotics can be prescribed. Asthma at times can be misdiagnosed as bronchitis. Speaking with one's physician should help define the best treatment. ...Read more
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