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Bronchitis is an infection of the main airways of the lungs (bronchi), causing them to become irritated and inflamed. Bronchitis can be caused by either a virus or bacteria, although viral bronchitis is much more common. It can affect people of all ages but is most common in children under the age of five.

Presentation

The main symptom of acute bronchitis is a hacking cough. The cough may bring up clear, yellow-grey or greenish mucus (phlegm). 

Sore throat, headache, runny or blocked nose, aches and pains, tiredness.

Self-help tips

Getting plenty of rest will help.

Drinking lots of fluid – this helps prevent dehydration and thins the mucus in your lungs, making it easier to cough up.

Treating headaches, fever, and aches and pains with paracetamol or ibuprofen although ibuprofen is not recommended if you have asthma.

Avoid smoking as it would make the symptoms worse and even predispose you to getting the condition.

Treatment

The most common cause is a virus and would probably need home remedies and paracetamol to help. Some cases could develop a bacterial infection hence, antibiotics would be needed.

When do you get in touch with Sandsclinic?

If you have any cough that is not getting better, please call all. We would even make sure you do not have the Covid-19. In addition, if antibiotics are needed, we could prescribe and discuss the self-help tips.