Bronchitis is a respiratory condition in which the bronchial tubes (air passages in the lungs) become inflamed and produce excess mucus, leading to coughing and difficulty breathing. Here are some do’s and don’ts to help manage bronchitis:
- Drink plenty of fluids, such as water, herbal tea, and soup, to help thin the mucus and make it easier to cough up.
- Get plenty of rest and avoid overexertion, as this can worsen symptoms and delay healing.
- Use a humidifier or take a steamy shower to help loosen mucus and relieve coughing.
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, to reduce fever and relieve discomfort.
- Follow your doctor’s prescribed treatment plan, which may include bronchodilators or antibiotics if necessary.
- Do not smoke or expose yourself to secondhand smoke, as this can irritate the bronchial tubes and worsen symptoms.
- Avoid exposure to air pollution or other respiratory irritants, such as chemicals, dust, or fumes.
- Do not suppress coughs with cough suppressants, as coughing helps to clear mucus from the lungs.
- Do not take antibiotics unless prescribed by your doctor, as they are not effective against viral infections that cause most cases of bronchitis.
- Do not delay seeking medical attention if you have severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, chest pain, or high fever, as these may be signs of a more serious condition.