What Are Some Home Remedies for Bronchitis?

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Home remedies for bronchitis include humidifying the environment, breathing in warm vapors, drinking plenty of fluids, gargling with saltwater, getting rest and taking aspirin or ibuprofen, according to HowStuffWorks. These measures are meant to prevent symptoms while expelling the infection from the body.

HowStuffWorks notes that a humidifier is a helpful way of inducing coughing. A person with bronchitis needs to cough as much as possible to get rid of the phlegm, and a humidifier encourages coughing by adding humidity to the air. A person can add more moisture by boiling a pot of water. Showering with the door closed is another helpful measure, and breathing in warm steam soothes the body.

HowStuffWorks adds that drinking more fluids loosens phlegm in the body. The type of fluid does not matter, but warm fluids in the form of soup or tea are especially helpful. Warm liquids also provide relief to an irritated throat after coughing extensively.

HowStuffWorks claims that gargling with warm saltwater also relieves a sore throat by shedding mucus that lines the throat membranes. A single teaspoon of salt with a glass of warm water suffices. This can be done as many times as necessary, and the saltwater must be spit out immediately after gargling.

HowStuffWorks reports that aspirin or ibuprofen reduces chest pain on a temporary basis. A person also needs to get plenty of rest and limit movement because constant motion prevents the body from combating the infection.