GEHA | February 17, 2020
If you have acute bronchitis – better known as a chest cold – you need:
One thing you may not need?
Acute bronchitis is the most common form of bronchitis. It occurs when the airways of the lungs swell and produce mucus, which makes you cough.
Generally, symptoms last fewer than three weeks and often include:
Why you shouldn’t take antibiotics
Acute bronchitis is usually caused by a virus and often occurs after an upper respiratory infection. Antibiotics aren’t always recommended and will not help you if your bronchitis is viral. Antibiotics will not treat a viral infection. You'll likely get better on your own.
If your symptoms persist, your infection may have become bacterial and you may need antibiotics. Be sure to see a doctor if you have any of the following:
How to avoid acute bronchitis
The best way to treat acute bronchitis is to steer clear of it in the first place. Stay healthy by: