Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes, which are the air passages that carry air to the lungs. While acute bronchitis is typically caused by a viral infection and usually resolves on its own within a few weeks, there are a few things that can help speed up the recovery process and alleviate symptoms:
- Rest: Getting plenty of rest is essential for allowing your body to focus its energy on fighting the infection and healing.
- Hydration: Drinking plenty of fluids helps to thin out mucus and makes it easier to cough up. It also helps to keep your body hydrated and flush out toxins.
- Steam therapy: Inhaling steam can help to loosen up mucus in the airways and reduce inflammation. You can take a hot shower or use a humidifier to add moisture to the air.
- Over-the-counter medications: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, can help to reduce fever and relieve pain. Cough suppressants or expectorants can help to alleviate coughing.
- Avoid irritants: Avoiding irritants such as smoke, dust, and fumes can help to reduce inflammation and prevent worsening of symptoms.
If your symptoms persist or worsen, it’s important to see a healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment.