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Understanding Bronchitis

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from the lungs. Bronchitis can cause someone to cough up thickened (sometimes discolored) mucus. Wheezing is common as well. Bronchitis can be either acute or chronic, and requires treatment from a doctor.

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3. Pick It Up

Get a prescription if needed (save up to 90%), and pick it up at your pharmacy.

Medications Prescribed for Bronchitis

Albuterol (Proventil, Ventolin, others)

A bronchodilator medication that helps to improve breathing by relaxing and opening the airways in the lungs.

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Prednisone (Deltasone, Rayos, others)

A steroid that can be used to reduce inflammation in the airways. This can help with breathing difficulties and coughing.

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Azithromycin (Zithromax, others)

A macrolide-type antibiotic used to treat a variety of bacterial infections. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria.

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Common Questions About Bronchitis

What does bronchitis feel like?

Bronchitis can cause coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, and a mild fever. Acute bronchitis may also cause a sore throat, nasal congestion, and runny nose. Chronic bronchitis is often caused by smoking or exposure to irritants and is characterized by a persistent cough that produces mucus.

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, be sure to consult with a healthcare provider for an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment.

Is bronchitis contagious?

Yes, bronchitis can be contagious. When it’s caused by a virus or bacteria, it can be spread from person to person through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Therefore, if you have bronchitis, it’s important to take precautions such as: covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, washing your hands frequently, and avoiding close contact with others to prevent the spread of infection.

Why is it important to drink plenty of fluids when you have bronchitis?

Drinking fluids is important when you have bronchitis because it helps to keep your body hydrated and also loosens mucus in the airways, making it easier to cough up. Dehydration can make mucus thicker and harder to expel, which can worsen symptoms and lead to further respiratory complications. Lots of fluids — particularly water and warm liquids such as tea or broth — can also help soothe sore throats and alleviate coughing.

What’s the difference between bronchitis and pneumonia?

Bronchitis is the inflammation of the bronchial tubes. It’s often caused by a virus and has symptoms such as coughing, chest discomfort, and shortness of breath. Pneumonia is caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi. It’s more severe and affects the air sacs in the lungs. Symptoms of pneumonia include fever, coughing with phlegm, chest pain, and difficulty breathing. Pneumonia can be life-threatening, especially for people with weakened immune systems and/or certain underlying health conditions.

Can bronchitis turn into pneumonia?

Bronchitis typically resolves on its own in a few weeks with proper treatment. However, in some cases, bronchitis can progress to pneumonia. This is more common in people with weakened immune systems or underlying lung conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

If you’re experiencing symptoms of bronchitis, it's important to consult with a healthcare provider for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. If your symptoms worsen or you develop new symptoms such as chest pain or difficulty breathing, be sure to seek medical attention right away to rule out the possibility of pneumonia.

Can you die from bronchitis?

Bronchitis is typically not life-threatening and usually resolves in a few weeks with proper treatment. In rare cases, however, complications can occur and may lead to more severe illness. This is more common in older adults, young children, or those with weakened immune systems. People with certain underlying health conditions may be at increased risk of complications as well.

Can Covid turn into bronchitis?

While not particularly common, COVID-19 can sometimes lead to bronchitis as a complication, particularly in people with pre-existing respiratory conditions or weakened immune systems. Additionally, some of the symptoms of COVID-19, such as coughing and shortness of breath, can mimic those of bronchitis.

If you’re experiencing respiratory symptoms, especially if you’ve been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, be sure to seek medical attention so you can determine the underlying causes of your symptoms and receive the appropriate treatment.

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