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Bronchitis

 

Is the infection of the main bronchial tubes of the lungs caused by a bacterial or viral infection.

What to look for

Acute bronchitis:

Hacking cough. Aching muscles, yellow, white, or green phlegm, usually appearing 24 to 48 hours after a cough. back pain  Initially a head cold, running nose, fever and chills, Fever and chills  The soreness and tightness in the chest. Some pain below breastbone during deep breathing.

Chronic Bronchitis:

Stubborn coughing that producing yellow, white, or green phlegm (for at least three months of the year, and for more than two consecutive years). wheezing, some breathlessness. Generally Bronchitis happens more often in winter, in damp, cold climates and places that are heavily polluted. Bronchitis is an upper respiratory disease in which the mucous membrane in the lungs' upper bronchial passages becomes swollen.

While the irritated membrane swells and grows thicker, it narrows or closes off the tiny airways in the lungs, this resulting in coughing, witch is followed by a thick phlegm and wheezing. The illness comes in two forms: namely acute and chronic. Acute bronchitis is responsible for coughing and the phlegm that sometimes accompany an upper respiratory infection; in most cases the infection is viral in origin. after you have recovered from your lung infection the bronchitis usually lasts for several days. chronic bronchitis, is a serious long-term disorder that requires regular medical treatment. If you are a smoker and you come down with acute bronchitis, it will be hard for you to recover .As you continue smoking, you do so much damage to the cells, known as cilia, to prevent them from working properly. This often leads to chronic bronchitis. Cilia can stop working altogether if you smoke heavily.

if your lungs are clogged with mucus, they are vulnerable to viral and bacterial infections, which can over a time distort and permanently damage the lungs’ airways

Acute bronchitis is very common .

Causes

Acute bronchitis is usually caused by lung infections. Repeated attacks of acute bronchitis, which weaken and irritate bronchial tubes over time, can result in chronic bronchitis. Cigarette smoke is the main cause.

Dietary Considerations

To strengthen the immune system and protect against infection, nutritionists often recommend vitamins A, B complex, C, and E, along with the minerals selenium and zinc. For chronic bronchitis:

Try to Avoid exposure to paint or exhaust fumes, dust, and people with colds. Consider using a vaporiser or inhaling steam over a sink full of hot water. Dress warmly in cold, dry weather.

When to seek further professional advice

 

If your cough is very stubborn and serious, you may be causing damage to your lungs.  When you display symptoms of acute bronchitis and have chronic lung or heart problems or if you are infected by the HIV virus. If you have great difficulty breathing.

Alternative/Natural Treatments

A number of alternative therapies can be used to complement a conventional doctor's care. You must however continue to use conventional medical care.

Aromatherapy - Essential oils such as eucalyptus, hyssop, aniseed, lavender, pine, and rosemary may help ease breathing and relieve nasal obstruction.

Chinese Herbs - The Chinese herb ephedra is a potent bronchodilator. Only use this herb under the supervision of an experienced practitioner. Do not use ephedra if you have high blood pressure or heart disease.

Coltsfoot may relax constricted or spasming bronchial tubes and gently help to loosen phlegm.

To treat acute bronchitis, hyssop may be used. Herbal expectorants include aniseed, elecampane, and garlic

Homoeopathy - For acute and chronic bronchitis, try the following - for fever, cough, and tightness in the chest, use Aconite. For loose white phlegm, cough, and irritability, use Kali bichromicum. For loss of voice, cough, thirst, and sore throat, use Phosphorus.

Traditional Treatment

Conventional treatment for both acute and chronic bronchitis may include antibiotics, aspirin and a cough syrup and a good deal of bedrest in a warm room. In serious cases of chronic bronchitis, extra oxygen may be necessary. You must remember to drink lots of water. If you have chronic bronchitis, your lungs are already damaged. Bronchodilator medicines may be given to relieve any obstruction, as well as physiotherapy to help the patient get rid of any sputum. Oxygen therapy may be required  Don’t use over-the-counter cough syrup to treat chronic bronchitis unless told by your doctor.

The best course of action is to remove anything that provokes the condition. If you smoke, your doctor will urge you to quit.

The information contained in this Site/Service is not intended nor is it implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice or taken for medical diagnosis or treatment.

 

Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-18