Bronchitis (Acute)

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    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.

  • Medical Editor: Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP
    Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP

    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.

Quick GuideBronchitis Symptoms and Treatments

Bronchitis Symptoms and Treatments

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 NSAIDs 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. Continue Reading

Reviewed on 1/21/2015
References
REFERENCES:

CDC. Adult Treatment Guidelines: Upper Respiratory Tract Infections.

Medscape.com. Pediatric Bronchitis.

NIH. Management of uncomplicated acute bronchitis in adults.

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