(Bronchitis, Acute; Lower Respiratory Tract Infection, Chest Cold)
|Bronchi of Lungs|
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- Cough, with or without sputum
- Increased sputum production
- Trouble breathing
- Over-the-counter medications to relieve discomfort and reduce fever
- Note: Aspirin is not recommended for children with a current or recent viral infection. Check with your doctor before giving your child aspirin.
- Inhalers—to improve symptoms in adults with a history of asthma
- Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day to help make your cough more productive
- Use proper handwashing hygiene, especially if you are in contact with someone who is sick
- Avoid contact with people who have respiratory viral or bacterial infections.
- If you smoke, talk to your doctor about how you can successfully quit. Smoke weakens the lungs' resistance to infection and increases recovery time.
American Academy of Family Physicians http://familydoctor.org
American Lung Association http://www.lung.org
The Canadian Lung Association http://www.lung.ca
The College of Family Physicians of Canada http://www.cfpc.ca
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- Reviewer: David L Horn, MD, FACP
- Review Date: 02/2014 -
- Update Date: 00/21/2014 -