Patient Comments: Bronchitis - Treatments

What treatment was effective for your bronchitis?

Comment from: ellie, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: November 06

Over the years I have had about one attack of bronchitis per year that starts with a cold and then moves to a cough that does not seem to quit. This cough is so persistent that sleep seems impossible and my chest feels contracted with pain. After all these years I finally found a solution which eases coughing – chewing gum! This might sound ridiculous, but it works! I usually purchase a pack containing at least six to eight packages and steadily chew through each one. There is something about chewing that keeps the throat moist and reduces the constant feeling of having to cough, enough to help you finally quiet down the urge to cough. Of course drinking water, tea and soups should also be encouraged, but there is something about chewing gum that has been a major source of relief.

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Comment from: WASP13, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 21

I was diagnosed 3 days ago. I am a 55 year old female. I have never been so sick. They also found a nodule in one of my lungs during a CAT scan. I have also developed a horrid wheeze. Yes, it feels like an elephant is sitting on your chest. I am on steroids, anti-biotic, inhaler, z-pac, you name it. I am literally scared to death. The only thing I can tell you is if you smoke-STOP immediately. Besides the fact that I've been so sick I've actually been unable to smoke much over the last 2 weeks. I'm told the condition is also COPD & although non-reversible, I can stop it in its tracks by stopping smoking. I find it hard to believe but at this point I wish I had never smoked. I notice that only a few here admit to smoking but I'm curious .How many here that have been diagnosed with bronchitis smoke? Both ER doctors say that this is the main cause of this problem.

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Comment from: RIMom, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 07

I was diagnosed today with (spasmodic) bronchitis. In other words severe bronchitis with a spasmic cough, and very restricted airways. I am a 53 year old woman and have had bronchitis on and off for most of my adult life...but have never been this sick. Started off two weeks ago with double ear and sinus infection. Did a round of amoxicillin - was feeling pretty good. Then three days ago I started to cough and feel awful. Finally went to doctor today as I was having trouble breathing and was wheezy bad too sick to work. He said my bronchial tubes were severely restricted and was thinking of admitting me to the hospital however agreed to let me stay home as long as I did not work or exert myself at all. I am now on prednisone and Augmentin plus an inhaler. I feel as though something is sitting on my chest. The coughing fits are horrible...he also gave me cough meds with codeine. I hope I sleep tonight have not slept in two nights due to cough. I have always found relief with Musinex so I am also using that. He told me that severe cases of bronchitis are worse and one is sicker then if one had pneumonia!! Go figure?!

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Comment from: Alice45, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 07

First time having Bronchitis. First, quit smoking. One doc gave inhaler and antibiotics and narcotic cough med. did not work. Regular doc changed antibiotic a week later, no improvement. A week later, Rocephin and one shot of solumedrol. Four days later in ER in respiratory distress. Albuteral inhalers, back to back, IV solumedrol, mucinex. Now six weeks later, still using albuterol inhaler, nebulizers, steroid inhaler, tylenol. Allergic to Ibuprofen, NSAID. I rest, drink fluids, vaporizor going, though tired, I walk to help expel mucous and keep it from sitting in my lungs. I have strained muscles in ribs, tylenol. I am not 100% better, but doc. said could take six months to return to normal.

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Comment from: fancydelancey, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 12

I have been super healthy my whole life. I am turning 56 soon. 3 years ago, I went to the Philippines and my reward for it was that was sick the entire time. I was there and I caught a nasty strain of bronchitis. The air is heavily polluted in the Philippines and I'm sure I brought it back from there and that really ticks me off. I guess that's what I get for going to another country. Anyway, the first time I got it, I was miserable. Since then I've had it twice more and in fact I have it right now. This time it's really lasting too long. It's been with me for some 4 months now. Is there no end to this? My doctor thinks I have allergies but I'm sure its chronic bronchitis. I use an inhaler, mucinex, allergy meds and nose drops. I don't like the nose drops and when I started using them, my nose started running. The allergy pills seem to work pretty well as does the musinex. I don't generally have the nagging cough like you others seem to have. I do cough but it's only on occasion to clear the mucus out of my chest. Now I also have cold symptoms with a very congested head and nose. I don't know what happened to my health. Until I was 53 I was perfect health wise. I quit smoking 16 years ago and enjoyed many, many years of great health running and walking far and playing tennis for hours. Now I can't play tennis or run for more than 10 minutes without being out of breath. This stinks.

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