Most cases of acute bronchitis are viral; where bacteria are responsible the usual pathogens are Streptococcus pneumoniae and/or Haemophilus influenzae. It is questionable if there is role for antimicrobials in uncomplicated acute bronchitis but amoxicillin, a tetracycline or trimethoprim are appropriate if treatment is considered necessary.

In chronic bronchitis, suppressive chemotherapy, generally needed only during the colder months (in temperate, colder regions), may be considered for patients with symptoms of pulmonary insufficiency, recurrent acute exacerbations or permanently purulent sputum. Amoxicillin or trimethoprim is suitable for treatment.

For intermittent therapy, the patient is given a supply of the drug and is told to take it in full dose at the first sign of a 'chest' cold, e.g. purulent sputum, and to stop it after 3 days if there is rapid improvement. Otherwise, the patient should continue the drug until recovery takes place. If the exacerbation lasts for more than 10 days, there is a need for clinical reassessment.

Was this article helpful?

0 0
How To Win Your War Against Bronchitis

How To Win Your War Against Bronchitis

Sick And Tired Of Your Constant Cough? Is Your Bad Immune System Leading You To The Path Of Fever And Sore Chest? You Sure Have A Reason To Panic BronchitisThere Is Always A Way Out And, This Is It Finally Discover Some Of The Most Effective Tips That Can Curb Bronchitis, And Its Repeated Bouts Learn How To Keep The Chronic Cough, And Sore Chest Away Breathe Free, And Feel The Whiff Of Fresh Air, With No Hassles

Get My Free Ebook

Post a comment