Most of the time, acute bronchitis goes away on its own, as long as you take good care of yourself. Get lots of rest, drink plenty of water and try to cough up the mucus. If you smoke, cut down or stop when you have bronchitis — this will allow your lungs to recover much faster.
Here are some things that may help you feel better:
- Avoid smoke, and don’t smoke.
- Get lots of rest.
- Drink lots of clear fluids such and water.
- Use a cough drop or a hard candy to help with a dry sore throat.
If you get medical treatment, the doctor may prescribe inhaled corticosteroids, the kind of medicine people with asthma take to reduce the swelling in their airways. If the doctor finds that your bronchitis is caused by bacteria, they will prescribe antibiotics.
If you already have a chronic lung disease like asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD and you get acute bronchitis, follow the instructions in your written action plan. This may mean taking more of your medicines. Pay close attention to your symptoms and see your doctor or go to emergency if breathing is difficult.