Bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes, the airways that carry air to the lungs. It is a serious condition of the lower respiratory tract that causes fever, chills, chest congestion and productive cough that lasts longer than 5 days. A new study led by Loyola University in Chicago has revealed that if not taken care of then bronchitis may lead to more serious conditions such as pneumonia which requires medical treatment.
Khalilah Babino, immediate care physician at Loyola University said, "The cough can last 2-3 weeks and could be an indicator of a more serious condition and if symptoms persist for more than 7-10 days or get worse one should see a doctor. When cold gets worse one feels like wheezing or shortness of breath and still they assume to manage it with antibiotics, although antibiotics are not helpful for bronchitis causing virus."
The researchers advised to treat long-time and bothersome cold with rest, fluids, a humidifier, fever and pain relievers and over-the-counter cough medication. However, in the worse cases patient should follow tips like practicing good hand hygiene, covering mouth while sneezing or coughing, maintaining a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet, adequate sleep, consistent exercise and do regular preventive care such as the annual flu shot.