There is no cure for chronic bronchitis, but healthy living will help. In particular, you should stop smoking, if you smoke.
If you have bronchitis:
There is little evidence that cough medicines work. The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has recommended that over-the-counter cough medicines should not be given to children under the age of six.
As an alternative to an over-the-counter cough medicine, try making your own mixture of honey and lemon, which can help soothe a sore throat and ease your cough.
If you smoke, you should stop immediately. Smoking aggravates bronchitis and increases your risk of developing a long-term (chronic) condition.
Stopping smoking while you have bronchitis can also be the perfect opportunity to quit altogether.
Although treatment from a doctor is rarely necessary, there may be times when you should see one.
Your doctor will not routinely prescribe antibiotics, as bronchitis is nearly always caused by a virus. Antibiotics have no effect on viruses, and prescribing them when they are unnecessary can, over time, make bacteria more resistant to antibiotic treatment.
Your doctor will only prescribe antibiotics if you have an increased risk of developing complications, such as Pneumonia. Antibiotics may be recommended for:
If you are prescribed antibiotics for bronchitis, it is likely to be a five-day course of amoxicillin, oxytetracycline or doxycycline.
Possible side effects of these medicines include nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea, but they are uncommon.
Chronic bronchitis is treated in the same way as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Stopping smoking is also very important if you have been diagnosed with chronic bronchitis or COPD.
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Source: NHS UK