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How do you treat bronchitis?

12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Leila Wing
Internal Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Depends on cause

Bronchitis can be viral or bacterial.
Viruses take time to resolve. Bacterial infections can go away on their own, but sometimes needs antibiotics. Depending on your other health history, like smoking and presence of other lung disease like asthma or copd, your doctor may consider treatment of bronchitis.

In brief: Depends on cause

Bronchitis can be viral or bacterial.
Viruses take time to resolve. Bacterial infections can go away on their own, but sometimes needs antibiotics. Depending on your other health history, like smoking and presence of other lung disease like asthma or copd, your doctor may consider treatment of bronchitis.
Dr. Leila Wing
Dr. Leila Wing
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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: DepentsAcute/Chronic

Depends Acute or Chronic Acute Bronchitis is mainly treated with increased fluids and cough medicine and most of the times gets better within10 to 20 days without the use of Antibiotics which are rarely used for treating this condition Chroniic Bronchitis patients have mucus producing cough most days of month three months/year&treated Smoking cessation Bronchdilators/InhaledSteroids Expecorants

In brief: DepentsAcute/Chronic

Depends Acute or Chronic Acute Bronchitis is mainly treated with increased fluids and cough medicine and most of the times gets better within10 to 20 days without the use of Antibiotics which are rarely used for treating this condition Chroniic Bronchitis patients have mucus producing cough most days of month three months/year&treated Smoking cessation Bronchdilators/InhaledSteroids Expecorants
Dr. Yash Khanna
Dr. Yash Khanna
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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

Depends on the cause: if it is from infection, then antibiotics usually take care of it.
If it is viral, then antibiotics won't help. If it is from smoking, then stop smoking. There are a lot of other causes as well, and if this is a recurrent problem, you should see a doctor.

In brief: Depends

Depends on the cause: if it is from infection, then antibiotics usually take care of it.
If it is viral, then antibiotics won't help. If it is from smoking, then stop smoking. There are a lot of other causes as well, and if this is a recurrent problem, you should see a doctor.
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
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Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Varies

Bronchitis is usually cause by a a virus and the care is supportive.
Sometimes we use antibiotics or even inhalers if the patient has asthma or copd. There is one clinical study that supports eating chicken soup to decrease the inflammation.

In brief: Varies

Bronchitis is usually cause by a a virus and the care is supportive.
Sometimes we use antibiotics or even inhalers if the patient has asthma or copd. There is one clinical study that supports eating chicken soup to decrease the inflammation.
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Acute or chronic?

Acute bronchitis is treated with antibiotics, if it is determined to be caused by a bacterial infection, as well as bronchodilator and steroid inhalers.
If a viral infection is the etiology, antibiotics are ineffective so the inhalers are prescribed to control symptoms, if needed. Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, is treated usually with the inhalers and supplemental oxygen, if needed.

In brief: Acute or chronic?

Acute bronchitis is treated with antibiotics, if it is determined to be caused by a bacterial infection, as well as bronchodilator and steroid inhalers.
If a viral infection is the etiology, antibiotics are ineffective so the inhalers are prescribed to control symptoms, if needed. Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, is treated usually with the inhalers and supplemental oxygen, if needed.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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