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What Is The Best Treatment For Bronchitis
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
Depends on severity: Treatment of asthma depends on the severity of the disease in an individual patient, which is determined by frequency of daytime or nighttime symptoms, need for quick relief inhaler, interference with work or exercise and lung function. Mild asthma is treated with a short-acting bronchodilator as needed, but more persistent disease is treated with controller medications taken regularly. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Need diagnosis...: Cough treatment depends on the etiology of the cough. It could be due to bronchospasm, gerd, post-nasal drip, bronchitis, etc. All these diagnoses have completely different treatments so you should see your doc for eval for any cough lasting more than a week or 2. If it is due to a virus, it should run its course within that time. There are many effective prescription treatments. ...Read more
Stop smoking!: Stopping smoking and (if needed) wearing oxygen are the two treatments with clear benefits. Weight loss (if overweight), exercise, and inhalers reduce the number of hospitalizations a patient has. Rare causes of emphysema (alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency) can be treated directly, but there is no treatment that reverses the lung injury caused by the disease. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Supportive care: Mild croup is often treated with cool mist to the face, or, at home taking the child in a bathroom with steam. If moderate- to- severe, the child may require care in the doctor's office, emergency department or admission to the hospital. Standard treatments may include, among other measures, steroid medication and racemic Epinephrine to alleviate airway obstruction (swelling). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sinusitis Rx: Sinusitis is primarily treated with an antibiotic like amoxcillin. Other treatments may include a decongestant, either oral or a nose spray (either otc afrin (oxymetazoline) or a prescribed steroid nose spray like flonase). If you use an otc nose spray, be sure to use it only for 3 days. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Symptom treatment: For uncomplicated sinusitis symptomatic treatment is recommended after diagnosis by a doctor. Decongestant pills and sprays, nasal washes, analgesics and maybe steroid nasal sprays. Antibiotics are reserved if the patient is not improving, getting worse or if severe. Antibiotics only shorten the length of an infection a small amount. ...Read more
Rest, fluids, and...: ...Fever reducers (aspirin, or acetaminphen) . There are two approved drugs that can reduce symptoms, but only if started within ~24 hours of symptoms. Most people will have a self-resolving illness. But its not fun to have the flu, and the best strategy is prevention. Get your annual flu shot. Wash your hands a lot (during flu season especially). Buy and use hand sanitizer gel. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
None and Many: If Bronchitis is because of Virus other than Influenza; Symptomatic Treatment with Expectorant, sometimes cough suppressant, Throat Lozanges, NSAID, Vit C and Ginger Tea and Turmeric, Echanesia. If due to Bacteria: Antibiotics like PCN, Erythromycin, Ciprofloxacin and Doxicyclin etc. If Due to Allergy: Anti Histaminics and Bronchdilator and avoidance of Allergen ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Saline washes: Acute sinusitis symptoms are similar to an upper respiratory infecion but more severe and includes purulent drainage with sinus and facial pain. It lasts longer than the usual 7-10 days of a normal cold. Saline washes or lavage are very helpful along with topical and oral decongestants. Occasionally antibiotics are needed if the saline washes and decongestants aren't helping. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Use mainstream Rx: Untreated pneumonia is often lethal. Use any "alternative" or "complementary" Rx only as an adjunct. There are few pneumonia quacks because the outcome is generally good and it's obvious when the treatment is working. By contrast, "alternative" practitioners thrive on the desperation of cancer victims with more grim outlooks. Be discerning especially about claims that sound too good to be true. ...Read more
Boost immunity: 1. Throat coat liquorice tea: several times/day 2. Megafood Megaflora plus probiotics 4 caps 2 times/day for 1 week. 3. Sunshine for 30-45 minutes daily at noon or Vitamin D3 10,000 IU/day (NOW brand is good) 4. Zinc supplement 50 mg/day (NOW brand is good) with food for 7-10 days 5. No milk products for 10-15 days ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Snoring remedies: Avoid sleeping on your back ( sew a tennis ball into a pocket on the back of a t-shirt) lose weight see and ENT to be sure there aren't any nasal obstructions take medication for allergies use breathe rite strips have a dentist custom make an oral appliance. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Acute or chronic?: Acute may be viral or allergic which usually resolves by managing symptoms. Bacterial fails to, resolve after 10-14 days and needs antibiotics. Chronic comes from interplay between environment, immune system, anatomy, and systemic conditions so each aspect needs to be addressed before deciding on course of therapy. Migraine and reflux often are misinterpreted as sinusitis. Suggest seeing ent. ...Read more
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