Bronchitis Treatment & Diagnosis

Bronchitis medicine

Getting tests done for acute bronchitis is really not necessary due to the disease fairly easy to detect by way of your symptoms and a routine physical exam. All it takes is the doctor using a stethoscope to detect the presence of a rattling sound  in the upper airways of your lungs as you breathe. If bronchitis is suspected, the doctor will most likely order a series of chest x-rays to determine how much damage has been done to the lungs. Your doctor will then do a pulmonary function test to see how your lungs are doing. Your blood oxygen level may also get checked with a small sensor that attaches to your finger. What treatments are recommended in cases of Bronchitis? Typical bronchitis treatment consists of taking simple steps to ensure that the patient gets well such as drinking plenty of fluids, plenty of bed rest, not smoking and avoiding any type of fumes, and also a prescribed inhaler or some other type of medication to clear the airways to help you breathe. If the bronchitis is really bad it may be necessary to take oral steroids to lessen inflammation of the airways and even supplemental oxygen. Bronchitis treatment A healthy person who contracts bronchitis that has regular lung function and no other health problems most likely won’t need antibiotics. In many instances though this problem results from a virus, so antibiotics are of no use. With this condition it is accompanied by a bad phlegm producing cough which helps the body eject the mucus when too much of it builds up. If the cough gets to the point where it disrupts your sleep and everyday life for several weeks, a your doctor may give you a prescription for a cough suppressant. Many times though all you need to do for bronchitis is drink lots of fluids and take aspirin if you are not feeling well. Remember to not give a child under 18 aspirin because they are susceptible to Reye’s Syndrome. If bronchitis becomes a chronic issue then chances are you will get many infections. Usually it is a good idea to get an annual flu shot to help lower the risk of this ailment. Getting a vaccine to protect you from bacterial pneumonia helps ward that off until you get to be about 65 years old, then most likely you will need a booster shot. Perhaps you may need a booster shot at an earlier age if you have other medical issues. Stay away from cough suppressants that you find over the counter when trying to treat bronchitis unless your doctor says it okay. If you have acute bronchitis, the coughing that comes along with it is a good help in ridding the body and lungs of too much mucus. If you have problems coughing up the mucus, your doctor may give you an expectorant to help you cough it up more easily. If you see your mucus becoming too thick there might be some type of infection. If that occurs your doctor may prescribe a 5 to 10 day course of broad-spectrum antibiotics which help rid the body of bacteria.

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