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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Bronchitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi. May be caused by either viral or bacterial infections, and is treated with antibiotics, steroids, inhaled bronchodilators, or mucolytics. Bronchitis can ...Read more


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What can I use to help break up the congestion from bronchitis?

What can I use to help break up the congestion from bronchitis?

Mucous thinners: Mucous is generally the culprit for congestion. Breaking up the mucous can be accomplished by drinking lots of water, breathing in steam regularly, taking mucolytics (mucinex) and antibiotics if the bronchitis is due to a bacterial infection. ...Read more

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Would reactine or Claritin (loratadine) break up phlegm congestion, or does it have the opposite effect?

Would reactine or Claritin (loratadine) break up phlegm congestion, or does it have the opposite effect?

No effect: Loratidine or Claritin is an antihistamine blocking the effects of histamine on nerve endings and the cells that form small blood vessels. It helps treat itching, sneezing, runny nose and post nasal drip. It is ineffective for congestion. Topical antihistamine sprays like azelastine snf corticosteroid sprays like fluticasone are effective for congestion. You'll need a prescription from your hcp. ...Read more

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Do I need a prescription to buy sterile saline for a nebulizer? Will it work to break up chest congestion? Cough, not wheezing-don't need albuterol.

Do I need a prescription to buy sterile saline for a nebulizer? Will it work to break up chest congestion? Cough, not wheezing-don't need albuterol.

Not really: Well, looks like you've got the albuterol in case you need it. Keep in mind that sometimes the body's response to inflammed airways is a cough, so albuterol may help that as well.
Sterile saline is available at any corner drug store, wal-mart, target, etc. In fact, many wound washes you find in the first-aid section are just sterile saline. Just read the bottle. Good luck, and see your doctor! ...Read more

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Natural remediesfor bronchitis and congestion?

Honey: Honey is a good remedy for cough especially when mixed with a mild tea. I also have found that mint flavored teas are very soothing to the airways and can open up clogged airways/bronchial tubes especially when the steam from mint flavored teas is inhaled. ...Read more

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How to get rid of bronchitis congestion?

Bronchitis: Bronchodilators, oral and inhaled steroids and antibiotics. ...Read more

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Had bronchitis almost a month, Still have congestion and slight cough, but getting better. Is it weird it's lasting so long?

Had bronchitis almost a month, Still have congestion and slight cough, but getting better. Is it weird it's lasting so long?

Not unusual: It is not unusual for the cough from acute bronchitis to linger for a month. Should the cough not continue to improve over the next 2-3 weeks please see your physician. ...Read more

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Asthmatic with bronchitis - how could I encourage the congestion to lessen?

Asthmatic with bronchitis - how could I encourage the congestion to lessen?

Hydration, mucolytic: First make sure your asthma is under controlled. Inflammation of your lungs can cause significant mucus buildup. If you have increase mucus because you have upper airway drainage then try saline rinse and Mucinex (guaifenesin) to help thin out the mucus, remember also to stay hydrated.. It is important to see an asthma specialist to determine your triggers and how best to manage your asthma. ...Read more

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Is chest congestion the same as bronchitis?

Is chest congestion the same as bronchitis?

Not necessarily...: Bronchitis is an infection of the airways characterized by a productive cough. Chest congestion can occur as a result of bronchitis but can also be present with other things, like allergies for example. Your doctor can diagnose the reason for congestion so treatment can be initiated. ...Read more

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While bronchitis is clearing, I know it's normal to still have a cough but is it normal to have a little congestion and mucus as well?

While bronchitis is clearing, I know it's normal to still have a cough but is it normal to have a little congestion and mucus as well?

OK if you are better: Average time to cure a viral syndrome is 2 weeks - not unusual to have above symptoms as long as they are improving. ...Read more

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Have bronchitis and burns to cough; what happens to the congestion if you don't cough it up? Can it make you sicker? Better to cough and hurt or not?

Have bronchitis and burns to cough; what happens to the congestion if you don't cough it up? Can it make you sicker? Better to cough and hurt or not?

Atelectases: The pain on coughing is due to the force you exert on the chest wall and sometimes on rubbing of tissues such as in pleurisy. If you don't cough up secretions, they get what we call inspissated, plug up the airways, cause atelectases and maybe pneumonia. It is best to liquefy secretion for ease of expetoration with lots of fluids (juice and water) and sometimes expectorants. ...Read more

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I have bronchitis was given arizomiacin and prednosone 20mg take advsir and peo air for asthma what czn I tske otc to help congestion?

I have bronchitis was given arizomiacin and prednosone 20mg take advsir and peo air for asthma what czn I tske otc to help congestion?

N-acetylcysteine,: Called NAC, is the name for the active ingredient in Mucomist. See Wikipedia. You can obtain capsules OTC (600 mg). It is effective for loosening secretions if taken orally--and it is good for you--it helps prevent lung inflammation, and is a free-radical scavenger. Interestingly, it is also the treatment for acetaminophen poisoning. Guaifenesin is hardly better than a placebo. ...Read more

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Serious lung congestion for weeks. Initially treated for bronchitis...Didn't help. 2nd visit - treated 4 pneumonia?

Serious lung congestion for weeks. Initially treated for bronchitis...Didn't help. 2nd visit - treated 4 pneumonia?

Virus: Sounds like you had a viral URI (upper respiratory infection), with residual lung congestion. This can take months to completely resolve. You need to be managed by a primary doctor. Sounds like they are treating appropriately. May just take time. ...Read more

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Is there any natural remedy I can use for chest congestion, pneumonia, or bronchitis. I get these a lot and am getting another bout now.?

Is there any natural remedy I can use for chest congestion, pneumonia, or bronchitis. I get these a lot and am getting another bout now.?

Preventive measures: If you smoke, stop! If you're exposed to 2nd-hand smoke, avoid it. Eat healthy meals to maintain immune system. If you're around sick people, wash hands (or hand sanitizer) often; avoid touching nose/eyes before sanitizing hands. Try to avoid others' coughs/ sneezes, especially if not covered. Elderberry, astragalus, echinacea, zinc, airborne supposedly help prevent respiratory infections. ...Read more

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