Steroids Inhaled as an aerosol spray, steroids can help relieve symptoms of chronic bronchitis. Over time, however, inhaled steroids can cause side effects, such as weakened bones, high blood pressure, diabetes and cataracts. It is important to discuss these side effects with your doctor before using steroids. Antibiotics Antibiotics may be used to help fight respiratory infections common in people with chronic bronchitis. Vaccines Patients with chronic bronchitis should receive a flu shot annually and pneumonia shot every five to seven years to prevent infections.
Oxygen Therapy As a patient's disease progresses, they may find it increasingly difficult to breathe on their own and may require supplemental oxygen. Oxygen comes in various forms and may be delivered with different devices, including those you can use at home. Surgery Lung volume reduction surgery, during which small wedges of damaged lung tissue are removed, may be recommended for some patients with chronic bronchitis.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation An important part of chronic bronchitis treatment is pulmonary rehabilitation, which includes education, nutrition counseling, learning special breathing techniques, help with quitting smoking and starting an exercise regimen.
Because people with chronic bronchitis are often physically limited, they may avoid any kind of physical activity. It becomes more like velcro stuck to your throat thus the sore throat and more likely to harbor nasty bacteria and worsen your condition. This will keep the mucus from settling in the back of your throat and causing you to cough all night.
Mucinex, Robitussin , plain or with the "DM" may be worth a try. These are essentially expectorants that work best when combined with plenty of water. Acetaminophen Tylenol and ibuprofen Advil, Motrin will help with the fever, aches, and pains.
The warm steam and humidity from soups, teas, showers, and the like all lessen those sensitive airways with tend to be more reactive in cold and dry environments i. ProAir, Ventolin. If you happen to have asthma, chronic bronchitis, or COPD, then you likely have some albuterol around either in the handheld inhaler form or as a solution for the nebulizer.
This bronchodilater helps with bronchospasm which is what often causes the cough of bronchitis. If you wheeze when you cough or breath out fast, you likely have bronchospasm and you would benefit from an inhaler. Your physician can prescribe an inhaler if needed. Ok, most doctors would say these should ONLY be taken as prescribed by your doctor. These steroids are pure anti-inflammatories, used for just about any inflammatory condition known to man. Of course, prednisone does come with several precautions: elevates blood sugar careful if you are diabetic , makes one moody or "amped up", may increase weight temporarily due to water retention, and they are not to be abruptly stopped if taking for more than days thus the day burst.
Often used second line, steroids can get a person with persistent cough and bronchitis over the hump. Chest pain with exertion that is pressure-like may indicate a more serious condition and would need to be evaluated. Color of sputum doesn't necessarily correlate with bacterial, viral or other causes of bronchitis.
This is by no means a stead and fast rule. Sputum or phlegm color and consistency is only one factor doctors use to determine how best to treat cough and bronchitis. Not sure what to do? Maybe you are experiencing some of the "red flags" described above or you are basically at your wits end? Since your CirrusMED physician already knows your medical history, he or she can easily evaluate your case and if needed, prescribe the appropriate treatment. All of this can be done from the convenience of your home.
All you need is an internet connection. If you are on the road for the holidays or can't miss work, your CirrusMED physician will work with you so you can save time and money with "Your doctor. While most asthmatics would probably do fine taking ibuprofen, it is generally advised to take an alternative medicine for pain or bronchial inflammation— such as inhaled or oral steroids.
Have bronchitis and been on antibiotics for 4 days with little relief using a neti pot drinking Gatorade very tired missed 3 days of work will a steroid help? Unfortunately we cannot provide specific medical advice especially in a public forum , without a consultation. Please check out our membership options. Thank you! Last fall, coughing started with excessive mucus especially at night when trying to sleep.
My Dr. Tried everything that would treat allergies and asthma. Nothing worked. Finally he put me on prednisone for 2 weeks. It did the trick. Unfortunately the symptoms are returning. Dont want to go back on prednisone again Is there anything out there that I can get over the counter that would be a second best to prednisone?
I think this lasting cough, after 2 rounds of antibiotics and prednisone might be Pertussis…. I feel ok between coughing fits tho. Every time I inhale deeply, I cough. Ty- Mike. For clinical inquiries, we cannot provide medical advice via a public blog forum, due to privacy laws. For those seeking specific clinical advice, we recommend establishing care with one of our doctors.
Hi doctor , my husband Yuri is 1 70 , on for high blood medication, had cronic sinus,65 day ago he started fever Have you had problems? I have been coughing for 2 months. After a while my mouth became raw. I found flavored water added 7 Halls cough drops.
It stop my coughing immediately for maybe 20 minutes. That being said, yes, steroids will reduce inflammation associated with bronchitis. NSAIDs, are not quite as effective, nor are they typically used for bronchitis inflammation. CirrusMED physicians are able to address your concerns. Follow up re medrol pack for wheezing or will NSAIDs work for wheezing associated with acute bronchitis.
Hi There! I am currently battling bacterial bronchitis as determined by my family doctor. I have 2 days left of prednisone and a z-pak. I was sick for about 12 days before I started getting a low grade fever and feeling very tired, the coughing got worse etc. I am starting to feel much better but my cough just will not stop. In addition to the meds above I have been using cough syrup an OTC Robitussen which is just a suppressant as well as a prescribed expectorant with Codine in it.
The otc cough syrup works better than the prescription at easing my cough but it is still almost unbearable. For 2 nights in a row I have had a 2 hour coughing fit where i start throwing up. I have been steaming, using cough drops…. Is there anything else I can try or ask my doctor to prescribe for me? I am willing to try anything at this point. I gave had many drs tell me how bad prednisone is for me.
I have had 3 short courses last year and 1 this year. One dr would NOT prescribe, told me it would kill me.. I have chronic cough. Would lije to kniw how bad for me I am 70 years old.. Dorthe, Unfortunately we cannot provide specific medical advice especially in a public forum , without a consultation. God Bless and be safe. Andre, unfortunately we cannot provide specific medical advice especially in a public forum , without a consultation.
CirrusMED physicians are able to address your concern. Ronald, unfortunately we cannot provide specific medical advice especially in a public forum , without a consultation. Check out our membership options. Inhaled corticosteroids such as Qvar, Pulmicort, Flovent and others are generally indicated for long term management of inflammatory lung conditions like asthma and COPD.
Sometimes they are used to treat a chronic cough associated with these and other inflammatory lung conditions. Acute, short term use of a steroid inhalers may or may not help a cough. According to me best option is eating honey with black pepper, really worked for me. Thanks for sharing. This is my 4th day of severe bronchitis.
DR called in zpak. Now I have coughed so much, I am nauseated. Went back to hard green. I have gone thru 4 boxes of Kleenex. Also taking mucinex. I am getting worried. No better. CirrusMED physicians are able to address your concerns and prescribe medications if deemed necessary. Is it ok to use Flovent with prednisone? One is local vs systemic.
I was prescribed to the both. Prednisone should take care of any inflammation.. You need to take down your recommendation for steroids now that studies have shown conclusively that steroids do not help with strength or duration of symptoms with bronchitis.
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