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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1] Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Seyedmahdi Pahlavani, M.D. [2]; Nate Michalak, B.A.


Environmental control,hands hygiene, physical barriers and vaccination for common causes may reduce the risk of acute bronchitis acquiring.

Primary prevention

Effective measures for the primary prevention of acute bronchitis include environmental measures, hand hygiene, physical barriers, and vaccination.[1][2]

Environmental control

  • Cigarette smoking, fumes and aerosols can irritate the airways and aggravate symptoms.

Hand Hygiene

  • Hand hygiene is effective in reducing pathogen circulation.

Physical barriers

  • Physical controls, such as masks, gowns, gloves and eye wear, may reduce the rate of transmission.


  • Vaccination for influenza and pertussis may reduce the risk of these particular pathogens.

Vitamin A


  1. Albert RH (2010). "Diagnosis and treatment of acute bronchitis". Am Fam Physician. 82 (11): 1345–50. PMID 21121518.
  2. Braman SS (2006). "Chronic cough due to acute bronchitis: ACCP evidence-based clinical practice guidelines". Chest. 129 (1 Suppl): 95S–103S. doi:10.1378/chest.129.1_suppl.95S. PMID 16428698.
  3. Chen H, Zhuo Q, Yuan W, Wang J, Wu T (2008). "Vitamin A for preventing acute lower respiratory tract infections in children up to seven years of age". Cochrane Database Syst Rev (1): CD006090. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD006090.pub2. PMID 18254093.

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