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Doctor insights on: What Can I Do To Help Break Up The Congestion Of Bronchitis

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Bronchitis (Definition)

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


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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

Dr. Mark Loury
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Congestion (Definition)

Congestion refers to any situation of "backup of fluid." Congestion may refer to the sinuses being backed up with mucus, while pulmonary congestion refers to a backup of fluid into the lungs due to ...Read more