Antibiotic Awareness: Chest Cold (Bronchitis)

Antibiotic Awareness: Chest Cold (Bronchitis)


(upbeat electronic music) – Did you know that nine out
of 10 cases of bronchitis are caused by a virus
rather than a bacteria? Hi, I’m Dr. Amit
Desai, in partnership with Washington State
Department of Health. I would like to talk to
you about bronchitis, or what is commonly
called a chest cold. The most important information
for you to remember today is that most bronchitis
does not need antibiotics. This is because most cases
of bronchitis are viral and antibiotics are
ineffective against viruses. Most symptoms of
acute bronchitis last
for up to two weeks, but the cough can last up to
eight weeks in some people. Common signs and symptoms
of bronchitis include a cough that produces mucous, soreness in the chest,
being unusually tired, mild headaches, mild body aches, low grade fever, usually less
than 101 degrees Fahrenheit, watery eyes, sore throat. Bronchitis can certainly
be uncomfortable, so here are some ideas
to help ease symptoms. Get lots of rest and
drink lots of warm fluids. Over the counter medications, such as ibuprofen
and acetaminophen, can be helpful to
alleviate mild body aches, but be sure to check with
your child’s pediatrician for the correct usage
before giving it to a child. Thank you for taking
the time to listen. I’m Dr. Amit Desai, with the Washington State
Department of Health. (upbeat electronic music)

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