What is acute bronchitis?

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the air passages of the lungs. It may be caused by viruses, bacteria, allergies, or breathing air that contains chemical fumes, dust or smoke.

What should I do?

  1. If you are given a prescription for antibiotics, take them as ordered by your doctor until they are all gone.
  2. Do NOT give aspirin to children under 18 years of age. This could lead to brain and liver damage (Reye’s syndrome). Be sure to read the label on any over-the-counter medicines you buy.
  3. Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water or other liquids each day. This may help thin sputum so that it can be coughed up more easily.
  4. Use a cool mist humidifier or vaporizer to increase air moisture. This will make it easier for you to breathe. Do not use hot steam.
  5. If you are a smoker, do not smoke while you are sick. Consider quitting.
  6. Stay at home until your temperature returns to normal (98.6° F or 37° C).
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