Acute Bronchitis - Home Remedies

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What are acute bronchitis home remedies?

The treatment of acute bronchitis is geared toward prevention, control, and relief of symptoms (supportive care). In some cases, the following is all that is needed:

  • drink plenty of fluids to maintain proper hydration (avoiding dehydration and humidify air); and
  • use of acetaminophen and ibuprofen to treat fever and decrease the inflammatory response.

The treatments section above covers those actions that can usually be done at home. However, people with medical conditions such as high blood pressure should be careful to choose those products approved for patients withhigh blood pressure because some cough/cold formulations may further increase a person's blood pressure to elevated or dangerous levels. People with diabetes should also choose cough and cold products that will not affect their blood glucose levels. If individuals are unsure which products are safe, they should contact their primary health care practitioner for advice.

For patients with underlying lung disease such as asthma or COPD, increased use of albuterol or similar inhaled medications may be indicated. However, the health care practitioner should be contacted when a patient considers altering their medication usage.

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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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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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