A trachea is usually caused by viruses and causes cough. For the most part, a tracheal catheter goes by itself in two to four weeks. Tracheal catheters are very common, both in children and in adults.

A tracheal catheter is also called acute bronchitis. Read more about tracheal catheters in children younger than two years.

Symptoms of a tracheal catheter

An air tube catheter often begins as a cold. You can cough right from the start of the cough will start after a few days.

The cough can be dry and irritating or slimy. The mucus may be white, yellow or brown. Sometimes it hurts behind the sternum, especially when you cough.

You can get harder to breathe and you can hear a beeping sound as you breathe. It may be because you have a lot of mucus or the trachea reacts with cramps. 

You may also get sore throat, fever, and cough. Sometimes you also get muscle or joint pain.

The trachea catheter usually heals by itself

An ordinary trachea catheter usually goes away by itself within two weeks, but it can take up to four weeks. Sometimes the cough remains for a few more weeks, although otherwise, you feel good.

What can I do for myself?

The cough and mucus help the body get rid of the infection. It is therefore good to cough up the mucus. But it is often difficult to cough a lot, especially if you or the child cough at night.

There are several things you can do to try to alleviate the hassles of a tracheal catheter:

  • Drink a lot. Drinking makes the mucus easier to cough up. Hot drinks often seem to be leaking into the throat. If you cough at night, it may help to drink some water when the cough comes.
  • Raise the head end of the bed if you cough a lot at night. The easiest way is to bed with extra pillows. Put the pillows under the mattress and they won’t slip away.
  • Rest when you have a fever or feel sick. Avoid exercising or exercising physically. When you feel better, it is good for the healing that you move a little, for example, take walks.

Non-prescription drugs for cough

There are no studies showing that non-prescription cough medicines have any clear effect. But some find that they help. At the pharmacy, there are non-prescription anti-cough and mucosal medicines to buy. Medicines containing the active substance noscapine may have some effect if you have a cough and are hard to sleep. Drinking a lot usually is as effective as a mucus-releasing drug.   

There are also prescription drugs for cough, which are prescribed by a doctor.

When and where should I seek care?

Most people who have a tracheal catheter do not need to seek care. The trouble usually goes by itself.

Contact a health care provider if you or your child have any of the following: 

  • You or the child will not get better within two to three weeks.
  • You or the child often get trachea squatters.

Wait until it becomes every day if it’s a weekend. You can contact many receptions by logging in.

Contact a health center or emergency room as soon as you or your child have one or more of the following problems: 

  • It feels heavy to breathe.
  • There is a wheezing or wheezing sound when breathing.

You do not need to seek care elsewhere if it is closed. Wait until the on-call reception or medical center opens

If it’s in a hurry

If you get a high fever, chills and feel very ill, immediately contact a health center or on-call reception. The same goes for children. If it is closed at the health center or on-call reception, seek care at an emergency room.

  • You or your child get very difficult to breathe.
  • You or your child will get pale pale face color or blue lips.

Infecting trachea?

The cold viruses that can cause trachea are easily spread through the air or through objects that you touch. You may get cold if you get the virus, but you may not get an air tube catheter.


It is usually enough to tell you about your problems for the doctor to diagnose a tracheal catheter.

The doctor also usually does a body examination. The doctor listens to your lungs. A wheezing sound can be heard as you breathe. It may be due to cramp in the trachea or that you have a lot of mucus.

The doctor can also look in your throat. Just as with a cold, there is often redness and sometimes swelling at the back if you have a trachea. Your lymph nodes on your neck can also be swollen and sore.

Sometimes you have to submit samples

You do not need to leave any samples if you have a regular tracheal catheter that has not lasted longer than four weeks and you are not feeling too sick.

You may be given a blood test if your doctor suspects it may be a more severe infection, such as pneumonia.

X-rays are usually not needed

A lung X-ray is rarely needed. You who have recurrent trachea can have a chest x-ray to see if there is any damage to the lungs. This applies especially to you who smoke and over 40 years.

You may also have a chest x-ray if your doctor is unsure why you are ill or if you are getting worse.

Treatment of tracheal catheter

An ordinary trachea catheter usually passes by itself. This applies both if it is due to viruses and bacteria.

Sometimes antibiotics are needed

Antibiotics do not help with a regular trachea. But sometimes you may need treatment with antibiotics if your doctor finds that the respiratory tract infection has developed into an infection with bacteria that do not heal. It is more common, for example, if you smoke, have a lung disease or any illness that affects the body’s immune system.

Medicines that widen the trachea

You may need bronchodilator medication if you have symptoms of airway cramping. It may be that you are having difficulty breathing or that there is a beeping sound from the trachea.

It is primarily adults with illnesses such as COPD or asthma who suffer from the trachea, but even younger children can get it. Respiratory widening drugs are prescribed by a doctor.

Recurring trachea catheters

Contact your health care center if you very often have respiratory tract infections or if the infections last a long time. This may be because you have some other illness that makes you more susceptible to infections, such as asthma or that your immune system is impaired. In people over the age of 40, the recurrent trachea can be the first sign of COPD. You often also need other treatments if you have any of these diseases.

Complications and sequelae

Sometimes the trachea catarrh does not heal, but your troubles increase instead. Then you may have a more severe respiratory tract infection or pneumonia. It is more common if you smoke or have COPD. Contact your health care provider if your problems do not go over or become more difficult.

How can I reduce the risk of the trachea?

An active life with plenty of exercises, good eating, and sleeping habits improve the body’s defense against infections. Stress, too little sleep for an extended period of time and too much alcohol can instead weaken the immune system.

Wash your hands

It is difficult to avoid the viruses that can cause trachea. Washing your hands can reduce the risk of infection. Make sure to wash your hands, for example, when you have had contact with someone who is cold and before eating.

Do not smoke

Smoking impairs the body’s defenses in the airways. Regular trachea in you who smoke is a sign that the airways are seriously damaged. It is important to stop smoking so that the airways are no longer damaged. There is a lot of help to get if you want to quit smoking.

Causes of trachea

A trachea can be caused by viruses or bacteria.

viral infections

The most common cause of trachea is viral infections. There are many viruses that can cause respiratory tract infections.

bacterial Infections

Bacteria can also cause a trachea. It is the same type of bacteria that can cause pneumonia. The pneumococcal bacterium is quite common. Sometimes you first get an infection with a virus that causes inflammation in the trachea. Then the mucous membranes become damaged and it is easier for the bacteria to get attached and become more.

Sometimes it can be sinusitis that causes the bacteria to become attached.

What happens in the body?

In a tracheal catheter, viruses or bacteria have been able to multiply in the body and create an infection. The body’s immune system rules in various ways to get rid of the infection.

One reaction to the infection is that the mucous membrane of the pharynx swells. When the mucous membrane is swollen and irritated you often cough. Initially, it is often a dry reticulated cough. Later, mucus is formed which protects the trachea.

Cough and mucus are a way for the body to try to get rid of that irritation. Therefore, the cough should not be unnecessarily suppressed. The cough also causes you to get rid of the mucus.

You often get tired at the beginning of infection because the body works hard to get rid of the infection.

Influence and participate in your care

You can seek care at any healthcare center you want throughout the country. 

You should understand the information

In order for you to be involved in your care and treatment, it is important that you understand the information you receive from the healthcare personnel. Ask questions if you don’t understand.

Children should also be involved in their care. The older the child, the more important it is.

You have the opportunity to get help from an interpreter. You also have the opportunity to get help from an interpreter if you have a hearing loss.

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