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Bronchitis (cont.)

Chronic Bronchitis Self-Care and Home Remedies

  • Adequate fluid intake is important because fever causes the body to lose fluid faster. Lung secretions will be thinner and easier to clear when the patient is well hydrated.
  • A cool mist vaporizer or humidifier can help decrease bronchial irritation.
  • An over-the-counter (OTC) cough suppressant may be helpful. Preparations with guaifenesin (Robitussin, Breonesin, Mucinex) will loosen secretions; formulations with dextromethorphan (Benylin DM, Mucinex DM, Robitussin DM, Vicks 44) suppress cough.
  • Natural treatments and home remedies for chronic bronchitis include foods that have properties that reportedly reduce bronchitis symptoms. These foods include:
    • honey,
    • lemon,
    • ginger,
    • bay leaf, and
    • almonds.
  • Consult with a health-care professional before taking or using any natural remedies, and tell your health-care professional about all supplements and herbal remedies you use.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/3/2015
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