Bronchitis is an inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi (the larger and medium-sized airways that carry airflow from the trachea into the more distal parts of the lung parenchyma). Bronchitis can be divided into two categories: acute and chronic.
Acute bronchitis is characterized by the development of a cough or small sensation in the back of the throat, with or without the production of sputum (mucus that is expectorated, or "coughed up", from the respiratory tract). Acute bronchitis often occurs during the course of an acute viral illness such as the common cold or influenza. Viruses cause about 90% of acute bronchitis cases, whereas bacteria account for about 10%.
Chronic bronchitis, a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), is characterized by the presence of a productive cough that lasts for three months or more per year for at least two years. Chronic bronchitis usually develops due to recurrent injury to the airways caused by inhaled irritants. Cigarette smoking is the most common cause, followed by exposure to air pollutants such as sulfur dioxide or nitrogen dioxide, and occupational exposure to respiratory irritants. Individuals exposed to cigarette smoke, chemical lung irritants, or who are immunocompromised have an increased risk of developing bronchitis.
People at increased risk of getting bronchitis and increased risk of having more severe symptoms include:
- Smoking is associated with over production of mucus that causes bronchitis.
- People who are exposed to a lot of secondhand smoke
- People with weakened immune systems
- The elderly and infants
- People with gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Those who are exposed to irritants at work, such as chemical fumes from ammonia, strong acids, chlorine, hydrogen sulfide, sulfur dioxide or bromine
- People who are exposed to air pollution
Signs and symptoms for both acute and chronic bronchitis include:
- Inflammation or swelling of the bronchi
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Production of clear, white, yellow, grey, or green mucus (sputum)
- Fever and chills
- Blocked or runny nose
Acute bronchitis usually results in a nagging cough that lingers for several weeks even after the bronchitis resolves. Chronic bronchitis's long-term inflammation leads to scarring of the bronchial tubes and airways, which leads to production of excessive mucus. Additional symptoms of chronic bronchitis include frequent respiratory infections and a cough that is worse in the mornings and in damp weather.
Bronchitis is a somewhat preventable disease. Prevention methods include:
- Avoiding tobacco smoke and exposure to second hand smoke
- Quitting smoking
- Avoiding people who are sick with colds or the flu
- Getting a yearly flu vaccine
- Getting a pneumonia vaccine (especially for those over 60 years of age)
- Washing hands regularly
- Avoiding cold, damp locations or areas with a lot of air pollution
- Wearing a mask around people who are coughing and sneezing
Homeopathy, the most efficient solution to conquering bronchitis, is very successful in managing all the symptoms of bronchitis, and as well plays a significant role in preventing further complications and improves the general health of the person. Homeopathic approach concentrates on the body's natural healing ability for a genuine cure of the condition. Homeopathic treatment, at bodhin does not treat the disease itself, but is prescribed on the basis of physical, emotional and genetic make up that individualizes a person.
Homeopathic treatment will clear up the infection, alleviate inflammation in the air passages, relieve discomfort, pain and pressure caused by coughing by opening the airways in your lungs and aid in loosening the bronchial secretions making elimination of mucus easier helping you breathe better and naturally. Another outstanding thing about homeopathy is that people on multiple medications can safely take homeopathic medicines. Homeopathic remedies are non-habit forming and have no addictive characteristics.
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