Updated on March 10, 2008
D.M. asks from Cameron, TX
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Does anybody know of anything to help w/ the symptoms of bronchitis, besides nasal sprays & antibiotics? My daughter has taken a round of zithromax & prednisone & is still miserable. They say the zithromax should continue to help. She had a reaction to a breathing treatment yesterday & lungs still feel full. What can I do to help her get better? Thanx for any advice.

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Just wanted to thank everyone for answering my request. At this point, my daughter is feeling better. I dont know what helped, but will keep the alternative suggestions & try them in the future & post the results. Thanx again, D.

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answers from Longview on

Growing up my Grandmother always told me that if you rub vicks vapor rub on the bottom of his or her feet and then put socks right before bed it helps.


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answers from Houston on

I've had this and walking pneumonia as an adult-very hard to get over and with lingering tireness. It also made me very suceptible to getting it again every spring for years. I don't know if there's some way of her doing this, but with my kids the dr had me hold them facing me with our bodies up against each other, then use your hand to make a cup and solidly pound her back around the area of her lungs working from bottom to top. It may work with her lying down. If it works, she should start coughing right away. The more coughing she does, deep, stomach getting sore coughting, the better. It breaks up the mucus in the lungs making it easier to cough out. The fun part of course is the coughing. If she's doing it effectively, she'll get sore, very sore. I also had mine breathe the steam/moist air as deeply as possible and then cough until their coughs sounded clear instead of raspy.
Good luck!

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answers from Houston on

I go through this annually, and I usually have chest congestion along with the inflammation. I always take Mucinex - 2 in the morning and 2 in the evening for about 4 days. Drink lots of water, and the medicine will help get all that out of her chest. Of course, you might want to call the nurse first.

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answers from Longview on

D., There are several natural products that are safe & effective - unlike antibiotics, prescribed & over the counter medications. I use to think herbal stuff couldn't possibly work and was probably a bunch of hoooey taught by quack doctors. However, to my amazement, it works better & quicker than the other and is much safer (no side effects). I do not know your daughter's age, so it is hard to make recommendations. I do know that NAC (N Acetyl Cystene) is excellent for knocking out bronchitis. I would start by going to a local Health Food Store, as they have trained staff who are very knowledgeable & can educate you as to what products do what & are best for someone her age. I'm not sure where you are located, but Tyler & Longview have several places. You can also look things up online & educate yourself. Just Google some alternative medicine & homeopath sites for more information.

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answers from Houston on

Hello D.,

I have been drinking a nutritional product called limu moui - a brown seaweed. And, I give it to my children, who are 3 and 7. But, I want to share a testimony with you about someone who has been battling with bronchial asthma since the age of 4 years old.

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answers from Houston on

I would go to and look for some herbs that would help. If shipping is too slow you could just get an idea from there and then head over to your local health food store. We treat primarily with herbs and they work wonders.



answers from Houston on

Hi D.:
Humidifiers work great. Also...She can go into the bathroom, and turn the shower on HOT...and just sit in the bathroom...not in the shower, and the steam from the shower will help.



answers from Dallas on

I had bronchitis for the first time in my life for 2 full months! It was horrible. I finally went to the ER and they gave me Cipro, did chest xrays, and did a breathing treatment there and that was a wonderful relief. They sent me home with a inhaler and it helped me tremendously.

Steam helped too, but not as much as the inhaler and I didn't think the Cipro did a thing.

I hope she feels better soon.



answers from San Antonio on

Try a humidifier in her room.

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