By Dr Ananya Mandal, MD
Bronchitis treatment involves several basic goals that include:-
Ruling out other conditions that could affect the lungs (e.g. chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma) and the heart (e.g. heart failure) and treating them individually
Relieving symptoms of cough, breathlessness etc.
Treating the infection causing acute bronchitis
Reducing the risk of chronic bronchitis development
Reducing the risk of secondary lung infections like pneumonia
Preventing or halting progression of lung damage especially due to chronic bronchitis.
Treatment of bronchitis
Reviewed by April Cashin-Garbutt, BA Hons (Cantab)
Last Updated: Apr 12, 2013