(HealthDay News) -- Bronchitis is inflammation of the bronchial tubes that carry air into your lungs.
When these tubes become infected, they swell and become lined with mucus, making it more difficult to breathe.
Symptoms may include cough, sore throat, fever, chest congestion and shortness of breath.
The American Academy of Family Physicians describes how to help treat bronchitis:
- Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid caffeine and alcohol.
- Get lots of rest.
- Take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication to reduce inflammation, ease pain and lower any fever.
- Over-the-counter cough medicine is OK, as long as a sick child is at least 6 years old.
- Increase the humidity at home, such as by using a humidifier.
If symptoms don't improve, see a doctor.