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Bronchitis (Acute) (cont.)

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Acute bronchitis home remedies

Home remedies may help reduce acute bronchitis symptoms. For example, staying well hydrated by drinking fluids, breathing humidified air, and avoiding dairy products as well as may keep secretions thin and more easily removed. Alcohol and caffeine should be avoided as they can interact with some of the ingredients of OTC cold preparations. Over-the-counter cough suppressants and cough drops can help reduce coughing symptoms and NSAID's and/or acetaminophen (Tylenol and others) may reduce discomfort (aspirin, especially in children and young adults is not recommended due to the risk of Reye's syndrome). However, before trying these at home, read the labels to be sure they are safe for you to use.

In addition, avoiding air pollution by staying indoors, by avoiding tobacco smoke and other environmental bronchial irritants may reduce symptoms. If symptoms worsen, see your doctor. For children under age 2 (and some doctors recommend under age 6), the doctor should be consulted before OTC medicines are used.

Acute bronchitis medications

The following medication(s) may be helpful for individuals with acute bronchitis:

  • Cough suppressants
  • Mucolytics
  • NSAID's and/or acetaminophen
  • Inhaler(s)
  • Antibiotic(s); only if indicated by a suspected or diagnosed bacterial cause
  • Caution: check with a pediatric doctor before use of drugs in young children
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/20/2013

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