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Today, bronchitis is considered as one of the most common diseases in the world. Usually, people who suffer from bronchitis are people who have weak respiratory system. Infants, children, the elderly and people who smoke tobacco are the ones usually affected by this disorder.
Bronchitis is the infection of the bronchi. Usually, the main causes of bronchitis are virus infection, bacteria infection or in rare cases, bronchitis can be caused by fungus infection in the bronchial tree. This illness comes into two main classifications. The first one is acute (short-term) bronchitis, and the second one is chronic (long-term) bronchitis.
Acute bronchitis is very easy to treat but it also needs constant management and care in order to let the patient fully recover. Since you won’t know if your bronchitis is caused by virus, bacteria, or fungus infection without laboratory tests, you have to consider that once you experience the signs and symptoms associated with bronchitis, you need to consult your physician immediately as he or she will order some laboratory examinations that can accurately determine what is causing the illness.
Bronchitis often develops during the late stages of upper respiratory tract infection. It is also very common in the winter months. You have to know all about the different signs and symptoms of bronchitis in order for you to get an idea on when to consult your physician.
Usually, acute bronchitis will include persistent hacking cough, mild chest pain, and shortness of breath. Sometimes, it will also include headaches and squeezing sensation around the eyes. It is important that you should consult your doctor and get a laboratory test in order for you to determine whether the bronchitis is being caused by viral or bacterial infection. Bronchitis caused by virus infection is relatively easy to treat. All you need to do is drink lots of non-caffeinated and non-alcoholic beverages, such as water and juice and get lots of rest. You should also increase the humidity inside your home by installing a humidifier or a simple home solution of hanging wet towels or blankets.
You have to understand that acute bronchitis can develop into chronic bronchitis if left untreated. Chronic bronchitis can cause permanent damage in your respiratory system and can severely affect your daily activities. This is why it is important for you to know how to properly care for your respiratory system and know how to treat bronchitis at its early stages.
There are quite a lot of natural remedies that can help treat bronchitis or at least minimize the effect of the signs and symptoms. It is recommended that you should combine conventional treatment and alternative treatment for bronchitis. The first thing you need to do to treat bronchitis is to stop smoking if you are a smoker or don’t start smoking if you are a non-smoker. One great natural remedy that can alleviate the symptoms of bronchitis is by taking a long shower or soak in a steam-filled bathtub. Or, you can stand over a sink or a large pot filled with simmering water and inhale. When you do this, make sure that you are near enough to inhale the steam and far enough so that you won’t get burned.
Another way to relieve symptoms of bronchitis is by applying hot, damp towels on your chest for several minutes. After this, you need to dry off, dress in warm clothes and go to bed. It is recommended that you should avoid dusty and smoky places as it can worsen your condition.
These are some of the ways that can help alleviate the symptoms of bronchitis. You can also consider taking vitamin supplements to help your body fight off the virus or bacteria infection.
There are other natural and alternative remedies that can help in treating bronchitis. It includes aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, and even massage with oils that can help in alleviating the symptoms of bronchitis.
By combining natural remedies with conventional treatments, you can be sure that you can get rid of bronchitis from affecting your body and at the same time, live a healthier and more productive life. It is important to remember that taking care of your body is the best way to prevent being affected by bronchitis. However, if you do get bronchitis, you can simply do the mentioned natural and conventional treatments.