Bronchitis, acute

  • Infection resulting in a sudden and severe inflammation of the bronchial tubes
  • Affects the lungs
  • Symptoms may include fever and a cough that produces thick sputum
  • Caused most often by a virus but can be due to bacteria or allergens
  • Commonly spread by breathing in infected droplets from the air or contact with contaminated objects
  • Affects males and females
  • Can occur at any age but more common in young children
  • May be mild to more severe in persons with heart disease or other health conditions

  • Wash hands regularly or use hand sanitizers
  • Wear mask around anyone that is coughing or sneezing
  • Get additional rest
  • Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke
  • Do not suppress a cough that produces sputum
  • Keep a cool mist humidifier or steam vaporizer in room
  • Get annual flu vaccine
  • Get Pneumonia vaccine if over 60 years old

 

FOR COUGH

  • Increase fluids (especially water)
  • Suck on cough drops or hard sweets (candy)
  • Use a cool air humidifier in room
  • Avoid lung irritants such as smoke, household cleaners or allergens
  • Over-the-counter cough medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Guaifenesin
    • Dextromethorphan

 

FOR FEVER

  • Apply cool cloth to forehead or armpits
  • Drink plenty of fluids (especially water)
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen
    • Aspirin (Do not give to children or adolescents)

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