What is the treatment for chronic bronchitis?
For the majority of cases, the initial treatment is simple to prescribe but frequently ignored or rejected by the patient - stop smoking cigarettes and avoid second-hand tobacco smoke. People should be encouraged in every way to cease smoking, as continuation will only cause further lung damage. Similarly, blocking or removing other underlying causes of repeated bronchial irritation (for example, exposure to chemical fumes) is a treatment goal. Fifty percent of patients with chronic bronchitis who smoke will no longer cough after 1 month of smoking cessation. The number increases to 80% after 2 months.