Acute Bronchitis - Home Remedies

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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 (Tyelnol 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.

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Comment from: lola, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

Weirdly I found that drinking hot milk helps to calm and soothe the symptoms of very dry irritated throat which in turn helped to reduce coughing. Drinking water seemed to exacerbate bronchitis.

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Comment from: SD, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 14

After dealing with severe symptoms of acute bronchitis for 8 days, and no help from OTC allergy and cold medications, I finally went to the doctor. After diagnosis of URI (upper respiratory infection), bronchitis, and laryngitis {no voice}, I took doctor's advice; warm steam vaporizer, Equate brand maximum strength 'Mucus Relief' severe congestion and cough liquid {every 4 hours for 2 days}, and 2 (200 mg) generic ibuprofen as needed per bottle instructions. Amazing results and I was finally able to get some sleep. My voice will take another week to be back to normal.

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