What is Bronchitis?
Bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining of the tubes (bronchial tubes), responsible for carrying air from the lungs in the body and from the body to the lungs. People who have bronchitis often cough up thickened mucus, which can change the color of the bronchi. Bronchitis can be acute or chronic.
This type of bronchitis occurs in people with common cold and cough. The person with acute bronchitis can improved in a few weeks after taking proper medication
Chronic Bronchitis is irritation in the lining of the bronchial tubes as a result of smoking and inhaling smoke continuously. This bronchitis needs medical attention at the regular intervals. Chronic bronchitis is an advanced or increased stage of bronchitis and also known as the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). You can consult your doctor for the antibiotics.
Causes of Bronchitis
The most common cause of the bronchitis is smoking cigarette. Acute bronchitis is usually caused by the attack of the virus, sometimes it also caused by drinking something so much cold, which can cause irritation in the throat or lungs. In most cases, bronchitis is not treated with antibiotics as it can’t kill the viruses, so medication isn’t most of the times useful. Air pollution in the city and toxic gases in the environment can also lead to bronchitis
People at risk of bronchitis are;
Those who smoke cigarette- People who smoke or live in the smoky areas, or the air above them is polluted and goes above the rate of air pollution line are at higher risk of developing acute and chronic bronchitis.
Those exposed to the irritants– If you do a job in such place where you feel the presence of irritants that may trigger your bronchitis such as coughing, you may reconsider changing your job.
People with immune system- people with low or weak immune system such as infants, and old people are more exposed to bronchitis.
Symptoms of Bronchitis
Following are a few signs of bronchitis
- A cough, which brings lots of mucus
- A wheezing sound when breathing
- Chest congestion
- Fever or chills
Home Remedies for Bronchitis
Along with other medications or antibiotics for bronchitis, you should also be doing these home remedies for bronchitis. Here are a few remedies on how to treat bronchitis at home.
Onion is best known for its natural antibiotic properties which helps in the treatment of bronchitis symptoms. Cut some onion and blend it to extract its juice. This will expel phlegm that has been built-up in the lungs. Repeat remedy at least thrice daily to achieve best results.
Honey in Lemon Water
Add honey in your herbal tea or in lukewarm lemon water and drink a cup thrice daily. This will help to soothe the irritability effect of bronchitis. It has been used since ancient times. Home remedies for bronchitis are very much useful when suffering from bronchitis.
Ginger contains anti-inflammatory properties and which helps in the treatment of bronchial irritation. This herb also contains immune-boosting properties that has been used for centuries to support immune. Take an inch piece of ginger and crush it. And then add it to a cup of boiling water. Let it sit for 5 minutes then drink. Repeat thrice daily.
Drink Lots of Water
By drinking lots of water, you can make your mucus thin, which can easily get out of your body. During bronchitis, you may also suffer from the fever, which again dehydrates your body. Staying hydrated will help ease symptoms of bronchitis.
Eat Spicy Food
Hot and spicy food make your mucus release from the lung and bronchial area easy. Hot mustard, horseradish, and wasabi may lead to bronchial secretion.