How to treat Bronchitis?
Bronchitis is something that goes away on its own after a couple of weeks. However, if it has been cased by bacteria, your medical practitioner might prescribe some antibiotics. If you are an asthma patient or allergic or simply wheezing, he or she will suggest that you use an inhaler for some time. The inhaler will open your airways and help you breathe better.
You can try the following measures to ease your symptoms :
- Get plenty of rest.
- Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
- Try over the counter pain relievers such as Ibuprofen or aspirin to relieve the pain. Do not give aspirin to children!
- Take coughs medicines to loosen the mucus and help you cough it out. For children, please check with his or her pediatrician before using any cough syrups.
- Try using a humidifier or steam to loosen up some mucus.
Can bronchitis be prevented?
You cannot prevent bronchitis however some precautionary measures can be taken to reduce your risk of getting it.
- Wash your hands often.
- Get vaccinated for flu before it turns into bronchitis.
- Make sure that your pertussis vaccine is done on time.
- Avoid smoking or cigarette smoke.
- Wear a mask if you are around toxins which are bothering your lungs.