Acute Bronchitis

Bronchitis is when the organs and tissues involved in breathing get puffy (swollen) and can leak fluid. This makes it harder for air to get in and out of the lungs. You may cough a lot and produce thick spit (mucus). Acute means the illness started suddenly.

HOME CARE

  • Rest.

  • Drink enough fluids to keep the pee (urine) clear or pale yellow.

  • Medicines may be given that will open up your airways to help you breathe better. Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Use a cool mist vaporizer. This will help to thin any thick spit.

  • Do not smoke. Avoid secondhand smoke.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have a temperature by mouth above 102° F (38.9° C), not controlled by medicine.

  • You have chills.

  • You develop severe shortness of breath or chest pain.

  • You have bloody spit mixed with mucus (sputum).

  • You throw up (vomit) often.

  • You lose too much body fluid (dehydrated).

  • You have a severe headache.

  • You feel faint.

  • You do not improve after 1 week of treatment.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.