Kiskila croppedThis Month’s Topic: Bronchitis

Question- Dr. Kiskila, what is bronchitis?

Answer- Bronchitis is an upper respiratory infection that causes the bronchial tubes in the lungs to get infected and typically causes a cough.

Question- How do you get bronchitis?

Answer- Bronchitis typically happens when a person gets a cold or the flu, but can be because of any respiratory infection.

Question- What are the symptoms of bronchitis?

Answer- Cough that can last weeks, and may become productive with phlegm that is clear, yellow or green. Usually people with bronchitis do not have a fever.

Question- How do you treat bronchitis?

Answer- Treat the symptoms of bronchitis with cough and cold medicines, humidified warm and moist air. Support your immune system by drinking plenty of fluids, getting rest and treat any other symptoms like fevers with Tylenol or ibuprofen. Sometimes antibiotics or breathing inhalers are prescribed.

Question- Can bronchitis be prevented?  If so, how?

Answer- The best way to prevent bronchitis is similar to preventing most infections. Keep germs away from your body by washing your hands, boosting your immune system and staying healthy.

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