Can bronchitis be treated?

Greetings human sufferers of bronchitis! Do you have a nasty cough that won’t go away? Is phlegm your constant companion? Fear not, because in this article we will explore the various treatments available for bronchitis. So sit back, relax and get ready to breathe easier.

What is Bronchitis?

Before delving into treatment options, let’s define what exactly bronchitis is. Bronchitis is a respiratory disease characterized by inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from your lungs. This can result in excessive mucus production and a persistent cough.

There are two types of bronchitis: acute and chronic. Acute bronchitis usually lasts about 1-3 weeks while chronic bronchitis persists for at least three months out of the year for two consecutive years.


So what causes this pesky ailment? Viral infections are often to blame for acute cases of bronchitis while exposure to toxic substances such as cigarette smoke or air pollution can lead to chronic cases.

Other risk factors may include age (the elderly and young children are more susceptible), weakened immune systems, and pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma or COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).


Now that we know what causes it, let’s take a look at some common symptoms associated with both acute and chronic bronchitis:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness
  • Fatigue
  • Fever (with acute cases)

If you’re experiencing any combination of these symptoms it’s important to seek medical attention. Your healthcare provider will determine whether further testing or treatment is necessary based on several factors including age, overall health status, duration/intensity/severity/frequency/patterns/rhythm of cough, and presence or absence of fever.

Treatment Options

So can bronchitis be treated? The answer is yes! There are several options available to alleviate symptoms and promote healing. Let’s take a closer look at some common treatments:

Rest and Fluids

Sometimes the best treatment for acute bronchitis is simply resting and allowing your body time to heal. Along with getting plenty of sleep it’s important to drink lots of fluids (decaffeinated/non-alcoholic beverages that don’t worsen cough like brandy) in order to lubricate your airways coat your mucus membranes.


Decongestant medications (pseudoephedrine,phenylephrine, etc.) may also provide relief by reducing inflammation in the respiratory tract, making it easier to breathe deeply without wheezing or chest congestion due to backed up mucus within narrowed air passages caused by spasmotic contractions such as those seen with asthma. These drugs come in many forms including pills, syrups or nasal sprays.

Caution: Many brands contain sedating antihistamines which causes drowsiness & impair performance/distractibility/memory /etc., especially elderly patients susceptible to falls or nervous older people driving safer cars than themselves that are on more medication cocktails than they can remember taking even once!

Cough Suppressants

Cough suppressant medications (dextromethorphan, codeine/pholcodine/or hydrocodone or benzodiazepines) work by blocking receptors in the brain responsible for triggering the urge/cry/cackle/hoot/bark/raucous chuckle/wheeze/giggles/sputters/oozes(‘haarrumph’)to expel phlegm via explosively pressurized blasts from deep down inside our lungs until no more will come out just silence filling their place like that kid with no one to talk after recess.

While benzodiazepines can be effective, they carry a higher risk for addiction than other cough suppressants and are not recommended for long-term use. Always follow dosing instructions carefully and consult with your healthcare provider before taking any new medication(s).

REMEMBER: If suppressed the deeper bits of phlegm laden mucus thickens by losing water through its porous walls as there has been hindered movement/mixing/transport due to reduced cough impulse, resulting in exacerbation of infection or inflammation!


If bronchitis is caused by bacterial infection., antibiotics (penicillins, cephalosporins/macrolides/carbapenems) may be prescribed to help fight off the bacteria.This is mainly seen only when diagnosed with community acquired pneumonia or senile respiratory tract infections (especially those transmitted from staff equipped patients discharged into nursing homes without screening cultures) when X-rays show consolidation around inflamed airways/black discolorations indicated long standing deep rooted pus pockets generating smelly yellowish expectoration droplets even out of their nostrils which often seem dilated like steam pipes escaping clouds containing viruses/bacteria/spores/fungi especially if host factors causing underlying diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease(Intercurrent Conditions Prevent Complete Resolution Of Bronchial Inflammation So Mild Recrudescence And Persistent Viral-Bacterial Co-Infections Treatable Only By Adding Antimicrobial Therapy Otherwise Mucopurulent Discharge Will Keep Recurring)

Important!: Antibiotics cannot treat viral infections! They desensitize body’s microbes up against viruses thus increasing chances for developing superinfection resistance later on while providing unwanted adverse effects due alone/interactions(superinfections/allergic reactions/severe diarrhea/liver/kidney failure etc.)


For patients experiencing breathing difficulties such as asthma or COPD, inhalers can be used to alleviate symptoms. Inhalers contain bronchodilators (albuterol, levalbuterol, ipratropium bromide) that work by relaxing the muscles in your airways and allowing more air to flow through them.


In severe cases of bronchitis (particularly those resulting from asthma or COPD), steroids may be prescribed to help reduce inflammation and promote healing. Oral steroids (prednisone) are usually reserved for more extreme cases while inhaled steroids (fluticasone propionate,budesonide etc)can prevent exacerbations of underlying chronic illnesses, but prolonged usage has been associated with side effects such as weight gain, diabetes, cataracts & suppressed immune systems making you vulnerable for opportunistic infections esp TB/ Nocardia aerobically expressing multiple resistance plasmids anaergobically evolving virulence factors/local defenses deficient biofilms.


Now that we’ve covered treatment options let’s talk about prevention.Think twice before smoking cigaweed/cigarettes/cigars/hookahs/e-cigarettes/not even secondhand smoke! Reduce exposure to airborne pollutants like smog/dust/pollen/mold spores thus contaminating your already exhausted mucus which cannot defend against their cytotoxic/ionizing submicronic pellets when overloaded beyond its innate defence capacity!

Wash your hands frequently especially during cold and flu season(as both viral & bacterial infections will increase likelihood of inducing episodes).Get plenty of sleep,eat well-balanced meals,nourish body with antioxidants,supplements(like vitamin C/D-B3/K2 etc.)Stay hydrated/outside daily exercise routine repletion-nutrients electrolyte balanced fluids containing IgA/IgM antibodies targeted against harmful agents attacking surfaces lining our respiratory tract!

In conclusion,bronchitis is a common ailment,but there are several treatment options available.And even better,with preventative measures we can reduce the risk of developing bronchitis in the first place. Breathe easy my friends and stay healthy!