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      Category : Health Centers > Respiratory System (Lungs and Breathing)

Acute Bronchitis

Alternate Names : Inflammation of the Bronchi, Infection of the Bronchi

Acute Bronchitis | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the infection?

Treatment is aimed at relieving symptoms and may include the following:

  • pain medicine for minor discomfort and to reduce fever
  • cough suppressant
  • cough expectorant, to thin the mucus and make it easier to cough up
  • antibiotics, if the cause is bacterial
  • drinking plenty of fluids
  • increasing air moisture with the use of a cool-mist humidifier
  • stopping smoking while sick. Smoking delays recovery and makes complications more likely.
  • What are the side effects of the treatments?

    Some people have allergic reactions to medicines or may get an upset stomach from them. Antibiotics may cause diarrhea as well.

    What happens after treatment for the infection?

    Once the person feels better, he or she is free to return to regular activities.

    How is the infection monitored?

    Once the person has recovered, no further monitoring is required unless there are repeated bouts of acute bronchitis or other serious medical problems. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the doctor.

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    Author: Adam Brochert, MD
    Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
    Date Reviewed: 09/24/01

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