Bronchitis-Signs And Treatment


Bronchitis-Signs And Treatment.

Bronchitis is an infection of the bronchi or tube that carry air to the lungs. It causes a noisy cough, often with mucus or phlegm.


Bronchitis is usually caused by a virus, so antibiotics do not generally help. Use antibiotics :

  • Only if the bronchitis lasts more than one week and is not getting better
  • If the person shows signs of pneumonia
  • If he or she already has a chronic lung problem.

Occasionally, roundworms may be responsible. Try giving mebendazole.

Chronic bronchitis usually occur due to smoking or living in a dusty place.



  • A cough, with mucus that lasts for months or years. Sometimes the cough gets worse and there may be fever. A person who has this kind of cough, but does not have another long term illness such as tuberculosis or asthma , probably has chronic bronchitis.


  • It occurs most frequently in older persons who have been heavy smokers, and these are the ones most likely to develop emphysema if they continue to smoke.


  • Emphysema is a very serious condition of the lungs and the damage done is permanent. A person with emphysema has a hard time breathing, especially with exercise. In some, the chest becomes big like a barrel.


  • Emphysema can result from chronic asthma, chronic bronchitis or smoking.



  • Stop smoking and try to avoid dusty environments.


  • Try an anti asthma medicine with ephedrine or theophylline.


  • Persons with chronic bronchitis should use ampicillin or tetracycline every time they have a cold or flu with a fever.


  • If the person has trouble coughing up sticky phlegm, have him breathe hot water vapors and then help him or her with postural drainage.

NOTE : If you have a chronic cough or you want to prevent a chronic cough, you should avoid or stop smoking entirely.

‘Smokers are liable to die young’.


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