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Old 09-09-10, 06:21 PM
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Bronchitis - Anybody have a cure?

Hi Folks,

Well its that time of year again and I somehow caught what I thought would be a small cold and over in a few days.

I had a soar throat - stuffed myself with fresh garlic, and lots of freshly squeezed juices. Oranges, apples, etc. I also went to the DOC who put me on a few anti-biotics to make sure my cold did not transform into bronchitis.

Well, the soar throat went away super fast (I credit the high volume of garlic)
I finished the anti-biotics. The doc said I would be fine by (Tuesday, its now Thursday), so his diagnosis was off.

Now I have this cough which produces light phlegm and I still have wheezing in my chest.

No fever, no soar throat, - just light wheezing, a cough and phlegm.


Q1. How can this be cured quickly? Anybody have any grandma/grandpa recipies that are fast and effective?

Q2. Can I start commuting again? The morning temps are now down to 13 C (55F) So it is somewhat chili in the morning.


I really want to get back on my bike, but not at the cost of allowing this sickness to get worse.
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Drink LOTS and LOTS of fluids, and when you think you could not possibly drink more -- drink more. It will wipe the Bronchitis right out of your system in 1.5 to 2 days. I speak from experience (been there/done that)! Then -- and only then -- get back on your bike; and don't forget your scarf!

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Obtain some of the herb, 'coltsfoot.' Smoke it like you would a cigarette, rolled in cigarette paper.

I tired it once on an herbalists recommendation for a chest cold. It worked wonders.
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Er, go to the doctor? Bronchitis can be serious.
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Originally Posted by Dr. Banzai
Erythromycin
I just finished my dose of Erythromyci, prescribed by the DOC. I still have the hacking cough and phlegm. I'll try the liquid route though.
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make a tea with fresh grated ginger (about half of a thumb sized chunk), juice of one lemon and good quality honey. Good stuff.

Cold dry air can really make it difficult to overcome bronchitis. Take it easy, drink tons of fluids, and definitely get it checked out if it persists.

I had pneumonia in 1975 and scarred my bronchial tissue, giving me what they called (at the time) "chronic bronchitis". I have learned to live with perpetual bronchial issues, and they no longer phase me. The ginger/lemon/honey tea was recommended by a naturopath and is one of the best things I've found to help alleviate symptoms and provide a topical benifit.
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Your doctor prescribed antibiotics? Did you at least show signs of infection?
I've never met a doctor willing to prescribe antiobiotics unless the patient has infection. That's an easy way to become immune to them, which is causing a lot of problems in the medical system.

To answer your question, when I feel something coming on, I bomb up on vitamin C supplements and eat all the things you mentioned. I also drink lots and lots of water.
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Originally Posted by pmhlb
Drink LOTS and LOTS of fluids, and when you think you could not possibly drink more -- drink more. It will wipe the Bronchitis right out of your system in 1.5 to 2 days. I speak from experience (been there/done that)! Then -- and only then -- get back on your bike; and don't forget your scarf!

Cheers,
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Most of the time Bronchitis is caused by a virus so antibiotics won't help. Viral Bronchitis can't be really treated with anything else but antinflammatory medications and decongestants, just to ease the symptoms and let your body fight it off. Viral Bronchitis usually goes away in less than two weeks. If it last more than 2 weeks without any major changes then it's likely to be bacterial and then you need antibiotics.

Therefore, a lot of doctors tend to prescribe antibiotics just in case it's the bacterial type. Since majority of Bronchitis is not bacterial then the antibiotics don't make any difference in most cases.

So stay warm, drink A LOT of fluids, eat well and you just have to give it some time. There is NOTHING you can do to make it go away in a few days. You're not going to make it a lot worse if you continue riding (unless it turns out to be bacterial) but I'd suggest giving your body a break so it can channel the energy into fighting the inflammation. Rest always helps! Kidding aside: alcohol never helps, it's a myth. Viruses can survive direct contact with 80% alcohol, it will just lower their potency during exposure, but won't kill them

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Twenty years ago I had similar symptoms and finally went to the doctor. He also prescribed and decongestants along with lots of fluids. I followed his directions to the letter, but it never went away. He gave me more Erythromycin and it did not work(go figure). I saw several different doctors over the next six months with no results. Finally, one smart doctor diagnosed me with Reactive Airway Disease (Asthma). Since then, I still have breathing problems a couple times a year, but I now how to treat it. I'm not saying this is your case, but it may be something worth checking out. Good luck!
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Originally Posted by thestoutdog
Twenty years ago I had similar symptoms and finally went to the doctor. He also prescribed and decongestants along with lots of fluids. I followed his directions to the letter, but it never went away. He gave me more Erythromycin and it did not work(go figure). I saw several different doctors over the next six months with no results. Finally, one smart doctor diagnosed me with Reactive Airway Disease (Asthma). Since then, I still have breathing problems a couple times a year, but I now how to treat it. I'm not saying this is your case, but it may be something worth checking out. Good luck!

Out of curiosity, how do you now treat it?

Im actually feeling much better today

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That crud has to get out and thats what a cough does. Usually a cough is more productive in the morning. You know how chronic smokers have that rattle in the lungs when they cough? Thats phlegm tryin to get out so if you are congested thats what you will sound like a bit. More liquid keeps that stuff thinner and easier to get out. I've had pneumonia four times in the last 10 years but not since 2007 and if its viral then bronchodialator will help open you up. If you are feeling better and not running a fever then it sounds like you are on the mend. Depending on how gucked up you were will depend on how long it takes for the lungs to clear. But best advice has been given lots of fluids and vitamins. Be well
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take a couple of days and sleep it off. warm showers regularly. the way to get rid of bronchitis is to slow the hell down and let your body spend all of its energy fighting the bronchitis
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Mucinex (Guaifenesin) is quite helpful in clearing the mucus out of your lungs.
It's also available as a generic. I prefer the 12hr kind - only two pills a day.
If coughing, try the DM version with cough suppressant, it helped me.
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Originally Posted by macteacher
Out of curiosity, how do you now treat it?

Im actually feeling much better today

Cheers
I'm glad you are feeling better now. I have a cocktail of things to help. singular, symbacort, proventil, breathing treatments when needed. It was kind of a pain in the beginning, but old hat now.
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Originally Posted by litieulong48
i think we should use antibiotic. it is worked. ampicillin, amoxicllin or augmentin. you could get it's infomation on gg or https://storeviet.com/
i have bought it with best price. now i share my experience. good luck!
this thread is 7 years old. I think he must be recovered by now
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Originally Posted by stringbreaker
......I've had pneumonia four times in the last 10 years but not since 2007 ......
Just checking the math. Did you really have pneumonia four times in 2007?
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Just checking the math. Did you really have pneumonia four times in 2007?
The match probably works because this is an old thread. He posted in 2010.
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The match probably works because this is an old thread. He posted in 2010.
Thanks, I didn't notice that this was a zombie thread. I wish folks would start new ones rather than wake up the dead.
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Originally Posted by macteacher
I just finished my dose of Erythromyci, prescribed by the DOC. I still have the hacking cough and phlegm. I'll try the liquid route though.
Antibiotics are good, also dring LOTS of fluids.

The sore throat and cough may linger for a bit.

Bronchitis usually resolves withing a couple of weeks. But if you have a complicating condition like asthma or diabetes (that weakens your inmune system) then it may be more serious. Stay on top of it!

(And yes, I know this is a zombie thread, but it may help someone with a similar issue.)
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Sorry, I don't yet have a cure for bronchitis. Still working on it. I'll post it here first when I do.
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