INFECTIOUS TRACHEOBRONCHITIS TREATMENT
No antivirals available at present
If clinical signs mild, specific therapy may not be indicated as disease is usually
Avoid factors which may precipitate coughing, e.g. exercise and excitement.
Cough suppressants, e.g. codeine, may be indicated for uncomplicated cases; not
where bacterial pneumonia is suspected.
In general, antibiotics should be given as B. bronchiseptica is likely to
be involved, and also to control secondary bacterial and mycoplasmal infection.
Oxytetracycline or doxycycline are the drugs of choice where B. bronchiseptica
infection is suspected, but other antibiotics such as trimethoprim-sulphamethoxazole
may also be of use. B. bronchiseptica tends not to be sensitive to penicillins
In severe cases, aerosol administration of antibiotic may be indicated: particularly
in B. bronchiseptica infection, oral or parenteral treatment may not give
adequate concentrations of antibiotic in the tracheobronchial tree.
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