Bronchitis (Acute) (cont.)
Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.
Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP
Dr. Balentine received his undergraduate degree from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. He attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine graduating in1983. He completed his internship at St. Joseph's Hospital in Philadelphia and his Emergency Medicine residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, where he served as chief resident.
In this Article
- Acute bronchitis definition
- What are the causes of acute bronchitis?
- What are the symptoms of acute bronchitis?
- What are the risk factors for acute bronchitis?
- Is acute bronchitis contagious?
- How is acute bronchitis diagnosed?
- What treatments are there for acute bronchitis?
- Acute bronchitis home remedies
- Acute bronchitis medications
- When should I contact my doctor about acute bronchitis?
- What are the possible complications of acute bronchitis?
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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
- NSAID's and/or acetaminophen
- 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
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