Sunday, April 17, 2016

Still sick... and Info on Symptoms and Treatment of Viral Bronchitis

Since I (Rob) am still dealing with a double-dose of asthma and bronchitis, I thought I'd share this helpful
 information I learned about viral (vs. bacterial) bronchitis. 
    Yesterday was day 4 that I've been dealing with it on medications (Tussin cough med,, Prednisone, 2 inhalers, mucinex, sudafed, and meloxicam) . Although not feeling as horrible as I did Wed through Friday, I am still coughing (up) every couple of hours. Sleeping lasts in 3-4 hour bouts before the coughing commences. So, still not feeling decent yet.
MY TIP FOR NIGHT TIME:  have water by your bed, kleenex, and a rescue inhaler. Also keep the cough syrup nearby to help clear the congestion). CLOSE the windows at night, or you're inviting more pollen inside. 
  Yesterday, we went for an English Tea with our friend Linda who bought us tickets to the event. It was a wonderful time, and the company, tea, food, music and mansion were wonderful. However the 2 hours out wore me down. - So today, it's back to bed rest, tons more water and the vaporizer. UGH.  
  Nothing like being sick when it's FINALLY warm outside.  
Stay well everyone!


Symptoms of Viral Bronchitis

  • Chest pain and discomfort.
  • Productive cough which brings up mucus. If the mucus is yellow-green in color, then it indicates a bacterial infection.
  • Weakness.
  • Low grade fever.
  • Patient experiences shortness of breath which is worsened upon mild physical activity or exertion.
  • Wheezing is also present.

Investigations for Viral Bronchitis

Physical exam and medical history; where the doctor will use a stethoscope to listen to any abnormal lung sounds such as rales and also any abnormal breathing sounds which may be present. Other than this, tests which are done include:
  • X-ray of the chest.
  • Lung Function Tests (LFTs) help in diagnosis.
  • Pulse Oximetry: This test helps in determining the quantity of oxygen in the blood.
  • Sputum samples are also taken to look for signs of bacterial infection or inflammation.

Treatment for Viral Bronchitis

Viral bronchitis does not require any specific treatment and antibiotics are not advised, unless you develop secondary bacterial infection. A case of viral infection usually subsides on its own in a week or two.

Symptomatic Treatments for Viral Bronchitis Are As Follows:

  • Antiviral medications such as Relenza (Zanamivir) or Tamiflu are prescribed. These help in limiting or alleviating the symptoms and also help in preventing secondary bacterial bronchitis.
  • Therapeutic options to treat viral infections are limited.3
  • Using decongestants, nebulizers to help with breathing.
  • Cough syrups, which are expectorants to relieve chest congestion and pain.
  • Cough drops/ lozenges can also be used.
  • Humidifier or a steam should be used in the bathroom.
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or aspirin can be taken for fever; however, children should not be given aspirin.
  • Your doctor may also prescribe inhalers if you have wheezing.

Other Steps Which Help In Easing The Discomfort Are:

  • Drinking plenty of fluids.
  • Quitting smoking and avoiding secondhand smoke and other such irritants.
  • Taking plenty of rest.

Preventative Measures for Viral Bronchitis

  • Quit smoking.
  • It is important to get a yearly flu vaccine with a pneumococcal vaccine.
  • Avoid irritants such as smoke and air pollution.
  • Wash your hands frequently so as to prevent the viruses and other contagious infections from spreading.

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next