Anyone here had bronchitis?

I’ve been sick for about 5 days and on day 3 I ended up in the ER with trouble breathing and low oxygen stats (I also have Cystic Fibrosis). I was stabilized, diagnosed with bronchitis, and sent home.
Anyone got any tips? I’m miserable. Having a hard time keeping fevers down (highest 102.3). Can’t sleep. Can’t eat well. Extremely thirsty but only ice cold water works because my throat is swollen and I can’t talk.
I was tested for strep and covid and both were negative.

I don’t have any suggestions, but I’m really sorry.


Lots and lots of water along with rest. Take care or it can turn into walking pneumonia.


Ice cream is your friend, soothes your swollen throat.

I had plenty of it, so much I really don’t care for any now, but it helped.

Ask if they should retest after a couple days.
The first tests may not have caught all that may be going on.

Has been years since I had any such, mine was related to hard to control asthma.
Once the Dr was sure it was mono, but tested negative for that.

Surely medications are much better today and you can start feeling better soon?


Ice cream idea is great.

I had two covid tests, each a day apart, both negative.
Still hard to control the fever (I’ve just accepted I’m a cat and this is my new body temp :joy:) but I finally got a nap!

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I get a serious bout at least once every winter. Unfortunately I don’t have any advice you likely wouldn’t know already if you have CF.

Lots of rest, lots of fluids. Piggybacking Tylenol with Advil if you can’t keep the fever down. Lots and lots of steam. Log baths, warm showers, and a humidifier in your room. Are you using a steroid inhaler? That’s one of the few things that helps me.

Fresh air and sunshine seem to help too - if you have a comfy place you can lie down outside, give it a try.


I don’t have a steroid Inhaler but I have an albuterol inhaler that helps a ton.

As far as outside…I’d love if it wasn’t 100 degrees or raining lol Florida

I guess moist air isn’t a problem lol.

Lol not at all

This is ragweed pollen season. Do you have any diagnosed allergies to pollens? For me, tree pollen season around April often coincides with bronchitis-like signs and symptoms. OTC Flonase and an OTC epinephrine inhaler help me a lot. But go with what your own physician recommends. I tend to self-diagnose and treat myself, like most other surgeons I have known. Heck, most of us have even done minor surgical procedures on ourselves rather than go to someone else.

I do have ragweed allergies but it never affects me like this. I haven’t been this sick in more then a year. Good news is tonight is better

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Had it and it blows.

I did lots of smoothies, popsicles, and Gatorade popsicles.
For the fever, I alternated Tylenol and ibuprofen. Lots of soaking in the tub.

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I outgrew asthma at some point I think when i was in high achool. Back then there wasn’t much available medication. It returned when i was an adult but albuterol inhalers appeared. I was getting sick every winter and had bronchitis regularly. I had allergy testing and it didn’t reveal much.

My primary care MD told me around 1986 that I was starting a flu shot annually for the rest of my life. She turned out to be right. No more bronchitis. I don’t get sick at all during the winter. I had inhaled steroids but had to stop. It was in the late 90s when they found that it can raise eye pressures. It showed up in a regular visit for an Rx for new glasses. I had a glaucoma screening. Off the steroid inhalers, no more problems. I have to rely on the albuterol inhaler and an oral med. Weather changes are the primary problem. Periodically I have to get a short course of prednisone. Not only does that get the asthma under control, it cures problems like knee pain.

I’m this old: mom was an RN and worked for a specialist in allergies. She gave us allergy shots at home. I remember hating Friday evenings when the aluminum saucepan appeared on the stove. The glass syringes had to be sterilized along with the reusable needles.

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The last time I had bronchitis, I was prescribed steroids (7-day step-down plan), a cough medicine, and antibiotics. It still took more than two weeks to get over it. I don’t think I had a fever, though, just racking coughs that wouldn’t stop and an insatiable need to sleep.

If the doctor didn’t prescribe something, and you’re not getting better, I’d call back and see if they can do something. I was very close to having walking pneumonia, and you don’t want to get to that point!

I’m 100% better now thankfully!


Good, but remember to take it easy.
Lung troubles take a while to clear and heal or they may come back.
Give yourself that time.


I had a bad bout of bronchitis several years ago. It was awful because I couldn’t
breathe when I tried to run. I would suddenly start coughing. I was surfing and inhaled deeply before going under a wave but then coughed out all my air (and had to go under wave anyway). It was scary. It went on for about 3 months to 5 months can’t recall exactly how long but I was so relieved when it was over with. No problems since.