Good handwashing is one of the best ways to prevent acute bronchitis and other infectious diseases. The CDC says that “regular handwashing is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others.”

Since smoking is the primary cause of chronic bronchitis, prevention involves never smoking or quitting smoking as soon as possible. Other measures of protection include avoiding lung irritants, such as secondhand smoke, air pollution, chemical fumes, and dusts.


How can I prevent bronchitis naturally?

Individuals can prevent acute bronchitis naturally by washing their hands regularly, especially after interacting with others.

Someone can prevent chronic bronchitis naturally by not smoking tobacco products and by avoiding secondhand smoke and other lung irritants, including air pollution, dusts, and chemical fumes.

What prevents bronchitis?

Routine handwashing prevents acute bronchitis by reducing the number of viruses and bacteria entering the body. Germs from unwashed hands can enter the body to cause acute bronchitis when someone touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth. Handwashing removes these germs from the individual’s hands, thereby reducing the risk the germs will enter the body.

Since smoking is the primary cause of chronic bronchitis, avoiding tobacco smoke can help prevent lung disease.

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