Just when you think your cold is almost gone, then, your cough gets worse and you begin to cough up phlegm, it means you probably have bronchitis.
Bronchitis occurs when the mucous membranes, in the bronchial tubes of our lungs become inflamed.
When we are exposed to bacteria or other unwelcome organisms, these magical mucus membranes trap them to prevent an infection in the lungs.
There are two types of bronchitis, including acute and chronic. Acute bronchitis is oftentimes an agonizing infection in the bronchial tubes that lead into the lungs and is due to a virus, the same one that causes the flu or a cold. The infection usually follows a cold or the flu since the immune system is compromised and the lungs are probably already irritated. Luckily, acute bronchitis goes away without treatment within a few days or a week, but the cough can sometimes last for weeks or even months.
Chronic Bronchitis is a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. A person with chronic bronchitis could have a cough that produces phlegm for three months or even longer! This type of bronchitis is contracted due to continuous contact with cigarette smoke, pollution or other irritants that are in the air you breathe. Chronic bronchitis is serious and could suggest the beginning of a more severe condition, such as asthma or pneumonia.
Anyone that has a weakened immune system or has any other type of prolonged lung injury or irritation, particularly from cigarette smoking, has a greater chance of getting it. A person with bronchitis can spread viral particles whenever they cough and easily infect others.
Seek the advice of a physician when dealing with bronchitis in pregnant women, children, infants or the elderly, due to the possible development of complications and because a thorough diagnosis is essential for effective treatment. If you suffer from allergies, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), asthma or other type of heart or respiratory problem, you need to contact your doctor if you think you have acute bronchitis. People that are in good health can allow the infection to go away without treatment.
Home Remedies for Bronchitis
There are many home remedies for bronchitis that can help ease the symptoms and promote healing. Some of these remedies can lessen the coughing and the congestion associated with bronchitis.
• Turmeric Powder
Mix turmeric (approx. ½ teaspoon) with 4 ounces of milk on an empty stomach, 2-3 times per day. Also, drinking warm water with some turmeric can help you get rid of the infection and soothe the inflamed airways.
• Ginger, Pepper and Cloves
Mix ½ teaspoon each of pepper, clove powder and ginger and infuse with tea, three times per day. This mixture can reduce fever that often accompanies bronchitis.
Swallow a spoonful of onion juice as soon as you wake up. Onions have expectorant properties, liquefying phlegm and preventing it from forming.
Although it is not as common, but tastes better than onion juice, an almond emulsion is also an effective treatment for bronchitis. Prepare a powder of almonds (about 7) and mix it with lemon or orange juice and take it before you go to bed.
The root of the chicory herb contains a powder in its dried root and is an effective expectorant. Mix ½ teaspoon with one spoonful of honey and take this remedy three times per day.
Use a humidifier every day. It will soothe the inflammation, as well as irritation, of the air passageways. Use either cool or warm mist humidifiers to help eliminate mucus and relieve a cough.
• Warm Salt Water
Gargle warm salt water to loosen phlegm, making your cough more productive. Mix a teaspoon of table salt with warm water and gargle twice daily.
• Hot Epsom Salt Bath
Take an Epsom salt bath every one or two nights is effective during the severe periods of bronchitis. Dissolve salt in warm bath water and soak in the tub for approximately 20 minutes.
• Hot Towels Application over Upper Chest followed by Cold Towel
Placing hot towels on the chest will provide some relief from bronchitis. Apply hot towels (up to three) for 2-3 minutes each, and follow this with a cold towel. You can also apply a cold or ice pack, wrapped in flannel, several times per day, for about one hour in the case of acute bronchitis.
Diet for Bronchitis
Begin with a Fruit Diet, Followed by a Balanced Diet
For chronic bronchitis, try a diet consisting of all fresh fruit for about one week, three meals each day. This diet should be followed by a nutritional diet containing nuts, grains, seeds, fruit, and raw vegetables. Recommended liquids are lemon water (unsweetened) or plain water. For the treatment of acute bronchitis, an orange juice and water fast is recommended until the acute symptoms subside, then implement an all-fruit diet for two or three days.
Note: This information is solely for informational purposes, not meant to replace the advice of a physician.
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