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Bronchitis treatment

Description
Bronchitis is the inflammation of the air passages through the lungs. It may appear as an acute or a chronic condition depending on the cause and symptoms. Acute bronchitis starts off with a cough, with or with out mucus.
Causes
90% of the time bronchitis is caused by viral infection. The most common virus specific to bronchitis are influenza A and influenza B. It can also be caused by bacteria, smoking, or inhaling chemical pollutants and dust.
Prevention
Taking in vitamins A, C, and E, refraining from smoking and second hand smoke, avoiding pollution by staying in doors during smog alerts, and refraining from using sprays for cleaning and insect repellents can help prevent the illness.
Common Symptoms
Most common symptoms of bronchitis are coughing, wheezing, fever, soreness in the chest, and shortness of breath.
Rare Symptoms
High fever.
Traditional Treatment
Acute bronchitis can be treated with cough medicine, bed rest, lots of fluid intake, and staying indoors in damp, cold weather. Also restraining from smoking will help the patient get better as well.
Alternative Treatment
If the infection is caused by a bacteria, the patients doctors can prescribe antibiotics to help with treatment. Taking vitamin A and C will promote faster healing of irritated mucus membranes and also boost your immune system. Zinc supplements also help.
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