Patient Comments: Acute Bronchitis - Home Remedies

What home remedies have you found effective in treating your acute bronchitis?

Comment from: sherry, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 16

My bronchitis started with a typical cold-sneezing and stuffed nose. It then progressed into a sinus infection. My doctor prescribed the antibiotic, Levaquin, which really cleared up my sinuses. However, a few days later, I developed a dry, hacking cough and shortness of breath. I returned to my doctor to find out I have bronchitis. He prescribed an albuterol inhaler which I take every 4 to 5 hours to open up my air passages. I have found that drinking lots of black tea and sipping chicken soup are both very soothing and help with breathing and easing coughing. I do cough up more now - just clear, stringy mucus. It now has been 6 weeks and I am still coughing. I sleep propped up on two pillows. My doctor said I should see him again if I stop improving every day. Also, I drink lots of water to thin the mucus. I have never smoked or had such a long, bad upper respiratory infection before. I hear from my doctor that it could take another month to clear up and I must be patient and let it run its course.

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Comment from: Chaiwalla, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 16

I find that sipping hot tea with added ginger slices, bay leaf, cloves, honey, cinnamon sticks, and cardamom seeds (but no milk or cream) helps. Decaf tea as well as regular tea works well.

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