Bronchitis Information

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Most cases of acute bronchitis only last a few days with a cough that may longer for weeks. Patients who smoke are likely to experience a longer illness than those that don’t. Most patients will seek out medical attention for bronchitis. Sometimes it is necessary and sometimes it is not. However, discerning between the difference can be difficult. Usually, bronchitis settles in just after the common cold, right after the coughing and stuffy nose abate.

Bronchitis is very common. Most people experience the illness at least five times in their life, and in most cases, it disappears within weeks of the onset. However, some people develop bronchitis several times a year every year. Cases like these require a closer look by a physician.

The most obvious symptom associated with acute bronchitis is a cough that renders either yellow or greenish mucous. Any mucous that isn’t either white or clear is usually a sign of infection. Any coughing that leads to excessive discolored mucous for more than three months is considered chronic bronchitis. Soreness, constriction, or burning in the chest, sore throat, chest congestion, fullness of the sinuses, wheezing, shortness of breath, fever, chills, and general fatigue and malaise are the general symptoms associated with bronchitis.

The same virus that strikes down patients with the common cold is the same virus that strikes down patients with bronchitis, which is usually why many patients tend to get it after they have had a cold. However, cigarette smoke (second hand or first hand,) and environmental pollutants can also cause bronchitis. Bronchitis can be brought about by the reflux of acid in the stomach, usually called GERD. In some cases, if an irritant brings on the bronchitis, the situation will not clear up until the patient no longer experiences the environmental effects.

Risk factors for bronchitis include low resistance brought on by previous illness, poor nutrition, or an under developed immune system, GERD, and chronic exposure to some irritants.


Bronchitis

People who smoke or those who live with smokers develop bronchitis nearly ten times more frequently than non smoking households. Children who are chronically exposed to second hand smoke also develop bronchitis regularly and often develop chronic bronchitis.

An x-ray and a sputum culture are usually used in the diagnostic process after a thorough medical examination. It is not unusual for physicians to be able to determine immediately that the cough they hear is bronchitis even before the patient speaks.

Most of the time, the risk of complications is very limited. However, infants, smokers, the elderly, and anyone with an under developed immune system or weakened state of health may develop pneumonia. Repeated bouts of bronchitis are often a key sign of another health problem or an unhealthy work or home environment. Patients should seek medical advice if they can’t shake their bronchitis within three months or if they get more than two cases in one year.

Most treatment options are limited. Patients should get ample rest, drink plenty of fluids, and rely on over the counter cough medication to ease their discomfort. In cases where asthma is already present, an inhaler and prescription cough medicine might be in order. Patients who can not find relief within 48 hours should contact their physician for more aggressive therapies. Antibiotics are useless against bronchitis and should not be prescribed.

Preventing bronchitis is not always possible. However, avoiding second hand or first hand smoke, living and working in an irritant free environment, an annual flu vaccine, and the use of hand sanitizers can help decrease the chances of coming down with bronchitis. Environments that are damp and dirty combined with cigarette smoke can make it more likely that the patient will experience bronchitis.

The use of a humidifier in the patient’s bed room may help to alleviate some of the discomfort. Plenty of sleep is necessary to allow the body to heal and fight the virus. Some patients find that irritants such as cigarette smoke, allergens, and dust and dander make their symptoms much worse. The use of over the counter medication is recommended for most cases of bronchitis. Prescription medications with narcotic cough syrup can often help alleviate the feeling of the chest being compressed and the feeling of being unable to breathe. Inhalers can also help to open the airway.

Bronchitis medications for sale

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Augmentin

250/125mg, 500/125mg, 750/250mg
Augmentin is a penicillin antibiotic that contains a amalgamation of clavulanate potassium and amoxicillin. On one hand, amoxicillin is an antibiotic in a family of drugs called penicillins. It mostly fights bacteria in the body in order to treat bacterial infections and the like. On the other hand, clavulanate potassium is a form of clavulanic acid that is similar to penicillin. Clavulanate potassium treats bacterial infections that are frequently resilient to penicillins and other antibiotics.
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Bactrim

400/80mg, 800/160mg
Bactrim is a combination antibiotic which is generically prescribed as sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim. Bactrim is also commonly prescribed as Bethaprim, Cotrim, Septa, Sulfatrim, and Uroplus, each with a pediatric version as well. Bactrim is typically used in the treatment of bacterial infections such as bronchitis, urinary tract infections, traveler’s diarrhea, ear infections, or Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia.
$2.52

Biaxin

250mg, 500mg
Biaxin can be generically prescribed as clarithromycin, and is commonly used to treat bacterial infections which affect the skin and respiratory system. It can also be used to treat a specific type of stomach ulcer caused by Helicobacter pylori, provided it is used in combination with other medications. Biaxin is a macrolide antibiotic.
$2.41

Ceclor

250mg, 500mg
Also generically prescribed as cefaclor, Ceclor is typically used to a treat a variety of bacterial infections, including but not limited to urinary tract infections, ear infection, skin infections, tooth infections, tonsillitis, and bronchitis. Ceclor is a cephalosporin antibiotic.
$3.99

Ceftin

125mg, 250mg, 500mg
Ceftin can be generically prescribed as cefuroxime and is commonly used to treat life threatening or severe bacterial infections, or bacterial infections which have not responded to other antibiotics. Ceftin does not work on fungal or viral infections. Ceftin may cause diarrhea that is watery and even bloody. This may mean the patient has another infection. Patients should be advised to avoid medications that will cause the diarrhea to stop without express permission from a physician.
$0.84

Cipro

1000mg, 250mg, 500mg, 750mg
The antibiotic Cipro can also be generically prescribed as ciprofloxacin, and is part of the group of medications known clinically as fluoroquinolones. Cipro is most often used to treat bacterial infections in the body, as antibiotics are ineffective at treating other types of infections such as viral or fungal infections.
$1.32

Floxin

100mg, 200mg, 400mg
Floxin can be generically prescribed as ofloxacin and is part of the family of antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones. Floxin is commonly used to fight bacterial infections in the body such as Chlamydia, bronchitis, pneumonia, gonorrhea, skin infections, and urinary tract infections. Floxin is only used to fight bacterial infections as antibiotics are inappropriate for fighting fungal or viral infections.
$0.93

Levaquin

250mg, 500mg, 750mg
Levaquin is often generically prescribed as levofloxacin and can be used to treat pneumonia, Chlamydia, gonorrhea, bronchitis, skin infections, urinary tract infections, and other bacterial infections. Levaquin is in a class of antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones. Levaquin should be taken for the entire length of time it has been prescribed, otherwise the infection is likely to come back more aggressively than before.
$2.49

Vantin

100mg, 200mg
Vantin, which can be generically prescribed as cefpodoxime, is commonly used to treat bacterial infections in the body. Vantin is a member of the family of antibiotics known as cephalosporins. Vantin is ineffective on infections caused by fungi or viruses. While not restricted to common uses, the common uses included using Vantin to fight ear infections, skin infections, pneumonia, sinus infections, tonsillitis, urinary tract infections, bronchitis, and gonorrhea.
$1.53

Vibramycin

100mg
Vibramycin is a tetracycline antibiotic. It is mainly used to fight against several bacterial infections. Vibramycin works by interrupting the protein production of the bacteria, killing them in the process.
$0.56

Zithromax

100mg, 250mg, 500mg
Zithromax, which is generically prescribed as azithromycin, is commonly used to treat bacterial infections in the body, such as skin infections, urinary tract infections, tooth infections, gonorrhea, and other bacterial infections. Zithromax is a macrolide antibiotic.