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.
DON'T DO TOO MUCH TOO SOON -
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.
- 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
- 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
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.