Bronchitis (Acute)

Bronchitis Treatments

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.

What are the causes of acute bronchitis?

The most common causes of acute bronchitis are viruses. Influenza, Parainfluenza, RSV, rhinovirus and adenovirus, and corona viruses are the main viral genera, but many people develop fairly mild symptoms so often the viral genus is never determined. Bacteria are less common the causative agents of acute bronchitis.

Bacterial causes of the disease include:

In addition, other agents such as tobacco smoke, chemicals and air pollution may irritate the bronchi and cause acute bronchitis.

Reviewed on 4/30/2014

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