Treatment of Bronchitis
Treatment for bronchitis aims at decreasing inflammation. Albuterol inhalation, with a nebulizer or hand held device helps in dilating the bronchial tubes. Short term steroid therapy helps in minimizing inflammation in the bronchial tubes. Prednisone, a medication which can enhance the anti inflammatory capacity of natural steroids produced by adrenal glands, may be prescribed. Topical inhaled steroids having fewer side effects may also be recommended. Fever is usually treated with ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Drinking plenty of fluid is also recommended as this helps in dilating the bronchial secretions so that they can be easily expelled. Bronchitis medications such as Robitussin, Mucinex that have guaifenesin can also help expel the secretions.
Antibiotics are only prescribed in case of bacterial infection.