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Bronchitis

Bronchitis

Bronchitis is an inflammation (because of infection or other causes) of the lining of the bronchial tube or the main air passages (bronchi) to your lungs. This delicate, bronchial tube lining protects the respiratory system and the organs and tissues involved in breathing. There are two main types of bronchitis acute and chronic.

Acute bronchitis usually starts as a sore throat, runny nose or sinus infection, then spreads to your airways. It is generally caused by the same viruses that cause cold.

In the chronic bronchitis the inflamed bronchi produce a lot of mucus. This leads to cough and  difficulty getting air in and out of the lungs. Chronic Bronchitis is a type of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

Symptoms of Bronchitis

The common symptoms of Bronchitis are:

  • The most common symptom of bronchitis is a cough.
  • High fever.
  • Dry cough or with sputum.
  • Wheezing and breathlessness.
  • Every time a child consumes cold drinks or ice cream the child gets fever; every time the weather changes or the child is exposed to humid weather, the child falls ill.
  • Wheezing may occur because of the inflammation of the airways. This may leave you short of breath.
  • Shortness of breath and chest tightness. Coughing often brings up yellow or greenish mucus.
  • Persistent runny nose, dark circles under your eyes or itchy, inflamed skin

Causes of Bronchitis

 

The major causes of Bronchitis are:

 

  • Mostly bronchitis is caused by an infection.
  • Allergies and chemical irritations, such as atmospheric pollution and smoke.
  • Using of scents, perfumes, skin ointments, eye-drops ear-drops can also transfer inflammation to bronchial tissue cause bronchitis.
  • Smoking (even for a brief time) and being around tobacco smoke, chemical fumes, and other air pollutants for long periods of time puts a person at risk for developing chronic bronchitis.
  • Common cold.
  • Cold air

Home Remedies for Bronchitis

 

The following are some very effective home remedies for the treatment of Bronchitis

  • Onions have expectorant properties. Apart from liquefying phlegm, they also prevent its further formation. Intake of raw onion juice, early in the morning, would heal a person suffering from bronchitis.
  • Sesame seeds also have properties that can cure bronchitis. Combine a tsp of linseed, a pinch of common salt and a tsp of honey. Have this mixture before sleeping. It would help in the treatment of bronchitis.
  • Fifty grams of fresh leaves of spinach and 250 ml of water must be mixed with a bit of ammonium chloride and one teaspoonful of honey. This mixture is a helpful expectorant in the treatment of bronchitis.
  • One of the most helpful home remedies for bronchitis is the use of turmeric powder. Half a teaspoon of this powder must be taken daily, mixed with half a glass of milk, two or three times daily.
  • An emulsion of almonds is useful in bronchial diseases, including bronchitis. It is prepared by making a powder of seven kernels of almonds and mixing the powdered kernels in a cup of orange or lemon juice. This emulsion may be taken once daily at night.
  • Another effective remedy for bronchitis is a mixture comprising of half a teaspoon each of the powder of ginger, pepper, and cloves, three times a day. It may be licked with honey or taken as an infusion with tea. The mixture of these three ingredients has also antipyretic qualities and is effective in reducing fever accompanying bronchitis.
  • Consuming fresh cabbage juice, on a daily basis, would be helpful in curing the problem of bronchitis.
  • A hot poultice of linseed (alsi) should be applied over the front and back of the chest.

Bronchitis Treatment and Advice

The patient can begin with an all-fruit diet for five to seven days, taking three meals a day of fresh juicy fruits.

Fresh air and outdoor exercise are also essential for the treatment of bronchitis. The patient is advised to take a morning walk every day.


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