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Health Tip: Treating Bronchitis: MedlinePlus

Health Tip: Treating Bronchitis: MedlinePlus

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Health Tip: Treating Bronchitis

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By Diana Kohnle
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 HealthDay Logo
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(HealthDay News) -- Bronchitis is a viral or bacterial infection that causes inflammation of the bronchial tubes, making breathing more difficult.
The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute recommends these steps to help cope with bronchitis:
  • Get plenty of rest and drink plenty of fluids.
  • Adults may want to take aspirin for fever; acetaminophen (never aspirin) for children.
  • If your doctor suspects you have a bacterial infection, he or she may prescribe an antibiotic. An antibiotic will not help a viral infection, the most common cause of bronchitis.
  • Run a humidifier or sit in a steamy bathroom to help open the airways.
  • If your doctor approves, take a medication to control cough and inflammation.
  • Avoid exposure to things that irritate your lungs, especially tobacco smoke.


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