Bronchitis is the inflammation of the airways (bronchi) which conduct the air to the lungs. It can be acute or chronic medical condition and is usually caused by some viral or less likely bacterial infections. These pathogens enter the airways and cause inflammation and bronchitis. This medical condition might also be caused by dust, smoking, both passive and active and air pollution. Some people are more prone to develop bronchitis. These include people who already suffer from lung problems such as asthma.
Usually, patients suffering from bronchitis cough a lot, and that cough is of productive type. The secreted mucus might be very different in color, from white, yellow to green and gray, but is always present in bronchitis. Other symptoms include: headaches, breathing difficulties, fever, and pain in the body and in the chest.
Most cases of acute bronchitis will pass on their own for 2 to 3 weeks. Patients are advised to ease the symptoms and rest until the illness passes. Usually, people take some medications to relieve the cough and aspirin or some other NSAID (non steroid anti inflammatory drug) for the fever and body ache. Be aware that children should not use Aspirin until the age of 12.
In the case of bacterial bronchitis, doctors might recommend and prescribe a course of antibiotics. These medications won’t work for viral infection, which are the most frequent cause of bronchitis. Bronchitis might become a serious medical condition and cause hospitalization of the patient, especially if he/she experienced breathing problems or increased heart rate.
Bronchitis might be treated with some natural remedies. They will definitely speed up the recovery and help alleviating some of the symptoms. One of the best home remedies is the chicken soup. With or without garlic or pepper, hot or warm, the soup always works.
If you are suffering from bronchitis, it is recommended to use lemon, ginger, and honey. For best results, mix these ingredients in a glass of warm water and drink it one or two times a day.
Always make sure to drink plenty of fluids when you get sick. Clear water will prevent dehydration and ease the excretion of pathogens that caused the infection.
Some suggest using half of a teaspoon of turmeric in a glass of hot milk, as the treatment for bronchitis. Use this spice remedy one or two times every day.
Bronchitis might be eased by inhalation and many doctors will recommend eucalyptus essential oil. Other natural therapies include use of ginger, hot compresses, massages and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, to provide necessary vitamins.