A chronic obstructive lung disease, chronic bronchitis typically causes inflamed airways, increased mucus production and a painful, wet cough. Like emphysema, another form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), there is no cure for chronic bronchitis, but certain treatments may help relieve patient symptoms.
Chronic bronchitis treatment options
Chronic bronchitis treatment is traditionally addressed by medication, oxygen therapy, pulmonary rehabilitation or lung transplants. Because it’s a progressive disease, your treatment options will largely depend on your symptoms and disease progression. Medications include bronchodilators, which can open the airways and improve breathing. Short-acting bronchodilators are used on an as-needed basis and are best used to address symptoms with a sudden onset; long-acting bronchodilators are designed to suppress symptoms over time. Combination inhalers of steroids and bronchodilators can reduce inflammation and open airways. Antibiotics may be necessary when chronic bronchitis causes infections, and oral corticosteroids can also reduce lung and airway inflammation.
Oxygen therapy may be necessary in advanced cases, as it may help improve a patient’s breathing and reduce their fatigue. It may also help prevent damage from low blood oxygen levels, which can happen with more severe chronic bronchitis. Some patients may only need to use oxygen occasionally, while others will need it continuously. Patients who participate in pulmonary rehabilitation may benefit from the physical exercise, breathing techniques, support and education.
Cellular therapy may help treat chronic bronchitis, as well
Cellular therapy may help patients with chronic bronchitis breathe easier by treating the underlying cause of the condition. Our cellular therapy uses cells from the patient’s own body to help promote healing from within the lungs. The treatment is performed in an outpatient setting, and our knowledgeable patient coordinator team provides support throughout treatment by answering questions and ensuring our patients’ comfort and care. For information on cellular treatment and how it may help reduce the symptoms of the chronic bronchitis of you or a loved one, contact one of our patient coordinators at 855-882-1292.