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Acute Bronchitis: Symptoms & Treatment Options

Although winter is almost over, that doesn’t put you in the clear from catching a nasty cold or the flu.

While keeping a healthy eating regime (rich in vegetables and fruits) and working out can aide in boosting our immune system, we can still be susceptible to coming down with a virus.

Acute Bronchitis is a medical problem that can arise from a simple cold but can linger and may potentially turn into chronic bronchitis if not treated properly.

Read more to find out more information on acute bronchitis including: symptoms, treatment options and potential dangers.

What is Acute Bronchitis?

Acute Bronchitis is a condition that has an effect on the bronchial tubes, which are responsible for getting oxygen to your lungs.

If affected by acute bronchitis, the lining of your tubing becomes inflamed.

What are the causes?

Acute bronchitis is often developed from another health issue including a minor cold or even an infection in your respiratory region.

Common symptoms

The symptoms of acute bronchitis are relatively direct and easy to self-diagnose.

The most common symptoms include:

  • Thick Mucus (either clear or yellow or green in color)
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Coughing
  • Discomfort in the Chest

  It is important to see a doctor immediately if any of these symptoms occur:

  • Blood in mucus
  • Discolored mucus with cough
  • Wheezing
  • Lasts more than three weeks

The Dangers of Acute Bronchitis

Although acute bronchitis can subside on its own, there are certain risk factors that can increase your changes of going from acute to chronic and may have severe damage on your respiratory system.

These risks include:

  • Poor air quality: if you work in an environment that causes you to inhale substances such as chemical fumes, this could hinder your healing ability and cause more irritation to your bronchial tubes.
  • Smoking cigarettes: It is vital that you allow the respiratory to fully heal and smoking does not enable this. Smoking may give you a higher risk of developing both acute and chronic bronchitis.
  • Other health conditions: when your immune system is busy fighting a cold or the flu, it can take away from the healing that it can do to your respiratory system. This may slow your body’s ability to heal the inflammation of the tubing and cause more irritation.


There are several ways that you can lower your risk of developing bronchitis. These proactive tips include: 

  • Avoid smoking
  • Receiving yearly flu vaccinations
  • Washing hands (reduces the risk of contracting and spreading viral infections)

Treatment Options

If you find that you may be suffering from acute bronchitis, it is possible that your doctor may prescribe medications including: antibiotics, cough medicine and other medications that may lower inflammation and lessen irritation.

Another type of alternative treatment includes Chiropractic Care. There have been several studies done in the past several years that have shown that those that suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and chronic bronchitis have seen lasting improvements in their breathing from chiropractic treatment.

Treatments can help with breathing diseases including a combination of chiropractic adjustments and a change in lifestyle (including the omission of smoking and other hazardous lifestyle choices burdening the lungs and respiratory system).

Speak with your doctor or chiropractor about specific treatment options available for you. 

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