Treating acute bronchitis is quite a simple process. If it is an isolated case of acute bronchitis, then the procedures are just oral medicine that would regularly be taken for body pain, fever and cough. As opposed to what many people think, antibiotics don’t help at all. One needs to go for more extensive treatment only if they already have another chest or heart disease like COPD and asthma among others. With any treatment 2 or 3 weeks is the maximum that it should take to go.
Here are some basic things that you must do:
1) Help bring down your cough by drinking heavy fluids. You can also use cough drops. Don’t lung irritants. For fast effect, you can use cough suppressants to stop the cough. But if you’d rather have the mucus out of there and do it the hard way, you’d want to use cough expectorants. They are not doctor prescribed but they work most times and have no side effects. If you are a nursing a 2 years old or younger child, do not give him or her the regular home cough and cold remedy. Follow strict doctor’s orders for her.
2) From your extra fluid intake, exclude caffeine and alcohol because they will cause you to feel dehydrated. If you smoke, don’t light up any cigarettes till you are well. It is not good for the bronchitis.
3) Rest your body. The more you rest, the faster the acute bronchitis goes away faster.
4) Breathe in warm air. Put your head over a sink with hot water and inhale the vapor covering your head with a towel. Do this repeatedly around twice a day. It keeps the mucus warm so that when you cough it comes out easily.
Apart from this medication that should be given you will include antibiotics or a inhaled beta2-agonist which opens up the airway after which you will be able to breathe properly. Its side effects include a tremor and more nervousness that before. An antibiotic is prescribed only for the more serious cases of acute bronchitis.
Antibiotics if used lightly have large side effects apart from just being expensive. If an antibiotic is used at the wrong time, it may lead to the body’s bacteria becoming resistant to the antibiotic. If that happens, antibiotics will not work the next time onwards. It must be used only after a doctor’s approval. Even otherwise, it is good to find about their use and effectiveness.
If you find that your lung disease (not only acute bronchitis) is chronic, then you must get it checked up because the problem may be more serious that just mere acute bronchitis.