Preventing Acute Bronchitis

Avoiding lung irritants is important for preventing acute bronchitis as well as treating it. If you smoke, quit. To help protect your lungs, wear a mask over your mouth and nose when using lung irritants such as paint, paint remover or varnish.

Other ways to help prevent acute bronchitis include:

  • Wash your hands often to reduce your exposure to viruses and bacteria
  • Get a flu shot every year
  • Ask your doctor if you should get a pneumonia shot, especially if you're 60 or older