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Bronchitis - Preventing bronchitis

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The following advice may help prevent bronchitis.

  • Stop smoking. Tobacco smoke can make a current infection worse and makes you much more likely to develop chronic bronchitis.
  • Maintain good hygiene. Bronchitis is usually caused by a virus, which spreads through either direct contact or through coughing and sneezing. Washing your hands often and using disposable tissues can help prevent the spread of infection.
  • Protect yourself at work. If you work with substances that can irritate your lungs, always wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth.
Medical Review: March 12, 2010
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