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Cure Bronchitis Fast
It is an inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi (the larger and medium-sized airways that carry airflow from the trachea into the more distal parts of the lung parenchyma). It may be infectious and require antibiotics, or steroid like meds to help treat it. (it can be acute ...Read more
Acute?: In acute bronchitis, symptoms include cold symptoms, cough with sputum production, fever, body aches, shortness of breath. If it is due to bacterial infection, antibiotics are used and if it is a viral infection, it will run its course over a few days to week or so. Your doctor can tell the difference. There is no cure for chronic bronchitis, a form of copd. ...Read more
Your body does that: Cough is predominant symptom and 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 wks. 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. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
Bronchitis: In general, bronchitis can first be addressed by over the counter measures. Cough specific syrups or tablets are readily available. Decongestant medicines can help if the cough is related to sinus drainage. Giving the bronchitis ample time to clear is advisable but if you develop fevers, shortness of breath, chest pains, or bloody sputum, it may be time to see your doctor. ...Read more
Not really: Usually bronchitis is self limited (meaning that it will get better with time). Surgical intervention is only done if there is a part of the lung that is diseased or has scarring of the airways (known as bronchiectasis). Today we do less surgery for this reason than we used to. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
None...: Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, is not curable. Avoiding smoking or quitting asap can avoid the disease or decrease disease progression, if already present. Treatments are available to control symptoms but there is no cure and it is a slowly progressive disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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