Patient Comments: Bronchitis - Length Symptoms Lasted

How long did the symptoms of your bronchitis last? Was there anything in particular that helped with pain/symptom relief?

Comment from: Tired, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 29

I first came down with bronchitis over three weeks ago. I have had a Z-Pak and two prescribed cough medicines (they didn't help). An inhaler is the only thing that has helped. I'm still coughing especially when I lay down, laugh, yawn, etc. When I first came down with it I had to sleep sitting up and would wake up coughing 6 to 7 times each night. I have no energy to speak of which is not me. I usually am a very healthy person. This has really been the sickest I've ever been. Hopefully I will keep getting better and get my normal voice back soon.

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Comment from: Pheasant, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 10

I have lived with bronchitis since I picked up an infection as a bed patient in hospital; from a visitor visiting the patient in the next bed to me. This visitor had a sneezing fit and as a result I became exposed to the virus. On 22nd December 2010 my life changed dramatically and it's only now I'm beginning to feel some relief. To help me try and make sense from it all, I had to cope with prescribed medication which only made my condition worse. I, immediately stopped smoking and have not smoked any form of cigarettes since. The mucus up until now has always been icy-cold and clear. I now use my right-hand as a puffer by turning my hand into a fist; which I've been using over 3 years now too allow my lungs to heal and get stronger. Once mucus reaches my mouth I make a point of ensuring I have a bowl at hand to spit it out – as, to swallow would only enhance the already weak lungs.

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Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

I have had bronchitis three times in my life, twice in the last two years. The last two bouts began right before Thanksgiving and lasted until New Year's (about six weeks). This seems consistent with what I have read. ("Acute" bronchitis can last up to six weeks ...) I got better as the weeks progressed, but it took me about six weeks to get fully "well." Things that I found helpful were: Mucinex, drinking a "healthy" amount (about two liters for me) of water, and an albuterol inhaler. I have been prescribed codeine and Tessalon Perles, but these have not worked for me. The Mucinex (which is OTC) seemed to thin the mucus and decrease the coughing. Drinking water also helped. It seemed to make my cough more wet/productive (which may not seem desirable), but it also seemed to decrease the frequency and extent of my coughing fits, especially those dry ones that just won't end! My doctor prescribed the albuterol inhaler (often used for asthma) when I went to see him about the bronchitis. It seemed to help me breathe and decrease my coughing somewhat. One final note: My brother swears by Celestial Seasonings Echinacea wellness tea with a spoonful of honey. I didn't find out about this until my last bout was almost over, so I can't really comment. But he says this helps him when he has respiratory infections.

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Comment from: 45-54 Female Published: August 08

When I had bronchitis, I couldn't stop coughing and was unable to sleep more than two hours at a time, even with sleeping aids. I put hand towels in my dryer at moderately high heat and then wrapped a towel against my chest (over my top) and zipped up in my down vest. I wrapped another dryer-warm towel loosely around my neck and covered my ears with the warm cloth. The warmth felt wonderful but what was more important was that the coughing stopped almost immediately. I think the warmth helped my lungs to expand. The towel in the vest will stay warm for a long time; repeat as desired.

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Comment from: april, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 18

It started with a sinus infection which is normal a couple times a year, especially in the fall and winter. Then it turned into a double ear infection, then turned into bronchitis. With 3 rounds of antibiotics and an inhaler I am feeling a bit better, but this cough will not go away! I have been up all night coughing/hacking, clear phlegm constantly. Now just walking from my car to work is making me winded. I guess I have to make another trip to the doctor to see what to do now. It's been about 6 weeks since this started. I feel there is no end to this.

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Comment from: KCOF3BOYS, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I was diagnosed with bronchitis over a week ago. Mine started out as having a feeling of a lump in my throat and chest. After 5 days of this feeling, I broke down and went to the doctor. After 8 days of antibiotics, that feeling is still there. The dry, hacking cough that can be just one cough every 30 seconds to a non-stop coughing fit that can last 3-4 minutes at a time, for 1/2 hour. I refused prednisone as I break out in what looks like a sunburn, and I don't sleep for days. The doctor told me to use Mucinex DM, but it seemed to make me cough even more. I have 2 more days of antibiotics to take. Also, I've had asthma all my life and take Advair and Maxair for it. I just hate this feeling that I need to clear my throat all the time.

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