Harvard Women's Health Watch
What to do for bronchitis
Although this upper respiratory infection may last longer than the common cold, it usually doesn’t warrant antibiotics or medical treatment. We all know the common cold very well; the average adult has several every year. “Chest colds,” or bronchitis episodes, are much less frequent, affecting only 5% of adults per year. Perhaps because bronchitis is accompanied by a persistent, nagging cough, we tend to think of it as a more serious illness.