Bronchitis is when the passage between the mouth, nose and lungs are swollen or inflamed. Coughing, wheezing and trouble breathing are the main symptoms from the build up of mucus or phlegm.
Symptoms of bronchitis include a cough, wheezing, and difficulty breathing. People may also have trouble clearing heavy mucus or phlegm from their airways.
Bronchitis that only lasts for certain period of time is acute bronchitis. It has characteristics of a cold or flu, a viral infection in layman’s term.
The symptoms of acute bronchitis are:
- a cough with or without mucus
- chest discomfort or soreness
- a mild headache and body aches
- shortness of breath
It usually lasts for a few days or weeks and eventually fades away.
Bronchitis that does not go away is chronic bronchitis. This is determined if the symptoms lasts for 3 months or even for a whole year.
It has the same symptoms as acute bronchitis except the lungs, nose and throat develops a lot of mucus during the time.
Bronchitis can spread through cough and touch.
The steps to stop the spread of bronchitis are:
- Washing your hands
- cough using a tissue
These steps should be taken when around children and the elderly for obvious reasons.
Remedies or Solutions
Remedies for any kind of bronchitis includes:
Cough medicine:To remove the annoying mucus in your lungs, nose, and mouth.
Taking honey: Honey will soothe the throat, swallowing 2 tablespoons is recommended.
Using a humidifier: This opens up the lungs, throat, and nose, as well as loosening the mucus, making it easier to spit out.
Bronchodilators: Helps remove mucus and opens the airways.
Mucolytics: Makes the mucus easier to spit out.
Anti-inflammatory and steroid drugs: Reduces the swelling or inflammation that irritates your throat.
Breathing exercises will help you recover faster as it strengthens the lungs over time. If you’re a smoker, now is the time to quit.
As a last resort, antibiotics would be the last option. Antibiotics might kill off the disease but it also kills off some of your healthy cells
26th March 2020 22:00
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