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What Can I Do To Help Break Up The Congestion Of Bronchitis
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
What can I do to break up phlegm in a 6 mos olds chest? He has a low grade fever, congestion, low appetite, vomiting, 5 days ago symptoms started.
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.
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Had bronchitis almost a month, Still have congestion and slight cough, but getting better. Is it weird it's lasting so long?
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
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
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
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
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
My one year old has had congestion with no cough for two weeks, pediatritian says its bronchitis, can you have bronchitis without a cough?
Do I have bronchitis or pneumonia? Or just bad congestion? I've had a cough for about two weeks now, with mucus, but today my chest started hurting.
Serious lung congestion for weeks. Initially treated for bronchitis...Didn't help. 2nd visit - treated 4 pneumonia?
Causes of white phlegm. I'm 26 years old, had viral bronchitis 2 months ago and still have congestion on and off with white phlegm. COPD? I do smoke
Bronchitis diagnosis a week ago, lots of chest congestion now have sinus pressure and congestion. What's wrong with me?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer