Bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes. These tubes are the ones that carry air to and from the lungs. Bronchitis is a common condition that affects people of all age groups. The incidence of Bronchitis has been upsurge mainly due to an increase in the pollution levels and reduced immunity levels. Bronchitis may be acute or chronic. Bronchitis is a serious ailment and if you fail to treat it on time, it may progress to bronchiectasis which is an irreversible and life-threatening condition.
There are two types of Bronchitis:
Acute Bronchitis is a respiratory condition that is characterized by inflammation of the air passages of the lungs, which are known as bronchi. It is one of the commonly seen conditions by physicians. Acute bronchitis lasts for about two weeks and is prevalent during winters. Each year almost 12 million patients suffer from bronchitis in the US alone, and most of the patients recover easily.
Causes of Acute Bronchitis
Acute Bronchitis is primarily caused by viruses like the influenza virus (leading to flu) and rhinovirus (leading to the common cold). It is mainly spread through direct contact of droplets (cough or sneeze) of the infected person. Patients with respiratory allergies in the past are most prone to acute bronchitis.
Symptoms of Acute Bronchitis
Tickling in the throat is one of the first symptoms in acute bronchitis. This tickling may progress to dryness and irritation in the throat. This may progress to cough with thick yellow phlegm. Other symptoms of acute bronchitis may include wheezing, shortness of breath, running nose, congestion in the chest, fatigue, muscle pain, fever and chills.
Diagnosis of Acute Bronchitis
The doctor may do the entire physical examination to come to a diagnosis. However, in certain cases the doctor may recommend the following tests:
– Chest X-ray
– Pulse oximetry
– Lung function test or spirometry
Chronic Bronchitis is a type of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). COPD is a group of respiratory conditions characterized by causing obstruction in the air passages (called Bronchi) and damage to the lung alveoli, which may lead to difficulty in breathing. Another important type of COPD includes Emphysema. Most patients with COPD have both Chronic bronchitis and emphysema. However, the severity of each type differs from individual to individual.
Chronic bronchitis is an inflammation and irritation of the bronchial tubes. The irritation of the tubes causes the development of mucus. This mucus and inflammation in the tubes make it difficult for the passage of oxygen into the lungs and carbon dioxide outside the body, thus the patient may experience shortness of breath.
Causes of Chronic Bronchitis
– Excessive and long-term exposure to irritants that damage the lungs.
– Family history of respiratory disorders like COPD.
– Cigarette smoke and tobacco.
– Chemical fumes and air pollution.
– Recurrent bacterial or viral lung infections.
Symptoms of Chronic Bronchitis
There may be no symptoms or mild symptoms initially. The symptoms progress to get severe as the disease gets worse. The symptoms may include:
– Persistent coughing with mucus
– Whistling sound during breathing.
– Tightness in the chest.
– Shortness of breath which is aggravated by physical activity.
Some patients suffering from chronic bronchitis may also experience frequent respiratory infections like flu and the common cold. In severe cases, the patient may experience weight loss, muscle fatigue, or swelling on the legs or ankles.
Diagnosis of Chronic Bronchitis
The doctor may ask about your symptoms, medical details and family history. The doctor may suggest a few lab tests such as X-ray, lung function test, spirometry, pulse oximetry, blood tests or CT scan.
Treatment Options for Bronchitis
The most popular US FDA approved conventional treatment for bronchitis include Bronchodilators. Bronchodilators help to control your symptoms in the initial stage, but these drugs do not provide any help in chronic bronchitis attacks. This is because bronchitis progresses due to a weakened immune system, and there are no pharmaceutical drugs that specifically help to boost your immune system.
The conventional drugs are used to merely suppress the symptoms during an attack, however, they do least to prevent any further attacks. Other conventional treatments used in cases of severe COPD include supplemental oxygen therapy. Antibiotics may be prescribed in acute bronchitis, but they have a temporary effect and their dosage needs to be increased. Albuterol is one of the drugs that can be used to provide relief and prevent airway obstruction. However, albuterol may cause side-effects such as nausea, vomiting, allergic reactions, chest pain, dizziness, palpitations and headache.
Remedies for Bronchitis
Natural therapies or treatments for bronchitis include Ayurveda, homeopathy or dietary supplements that focus on addressing the root cause of the issue. Bronchitis is caused when the respiratory system is not able to function optimally. Natural supplements are believed to balance and improve the functioning of the respiratory system, and support the immune system.
Natural ingredients like ephedra vulgaris, antimonium tartaricum and bryonia have shown amazing effects in clinical studies on bronchitis. To learn more about our Ayurvedic and Homeopathics products you can consult one of our doctors.
- Ephedra Vulgaris
In a study conducted on a group of asthmatic patients, Ephedrine (which is the main constituent of ephedra vulgaris) was given. The patients experienced significant improvement in the chest tightness and respiratory functioning.
- Antimonium Tartaricum
- Bryonia Alba
Research suggests that homeopathic bryonia alba possesses natural respiratory support.
- Arsenicum Album
Study shows that arsenicum album along with other homeopathic formulations like lycodium, pulsatilla, phosphorus, calcarea carbonica, silicea and bryonia alba may help in supporting the lung functioning.
- Hepar Sulph
Research indicates that hepar sulph helps to relieve cough depending on the catarrhal basis.
- Kalium Bichromicum
General Tips for Bronchitis
- Drink at least 3 liters of water every day. Try to avoid chilled water.
- Take adequate rest to help the body naturally boost the immune system and recover.
- Take hot water steam for about 5- 10 minutes at least twice a day.
- Avoid smoking and tobacco.
- Avoid the spread of bacterial or viral infection from droplets by wearing a face mask or covering mouth while sneezing or coughing, and washing hands often.
Diet recommendations for Bronchitis
There are no foods known to reduce the airway inflammation of the lung airway. However, maintaining a good diet is important for overall bronchitis treatment, just as adequate exercise and meditation are necessary. Studies have suggested that certain foods have an impact on respiratory health; however, it differs from individual to individual. Bronchitis can be allergic, caused by a viral or bacterial infection. There are other factors that may influence bronchitis like toxin accumulation, diet, digestion, stress and exercise levels. If you are allergic to certain foods, you should avoid them. Allergies can trigger bronchitis symptoms.
Here are some foods that you may want to try for Bronchitis:
– Individuals dealing with Bronchitis or recurrent respiratory infections should follow a diet appropriate for general good health, including consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, fish, whole grain bread, cereals and oils low in omega-6 fatty acids such as canola oil or olive oil.
– Vitamin C and Vitamin E play a specific role in addressing the symptoms of chronic bronchitis.
– You may include fruits like pears, orange, pineapple, peach and lemonade in your diet.
– Berries, spinach, broccoli and carrots are rich in antioxidants.
– Spinach and onions also helps bronchitis.
Eat In Moderation
- Oily food, milk and dairy products should be eaten in moderation.
Say ‘No’ To Foods like:
– Ice-cream, aerated drinks, candies and soft drinks.
– Frozen, canned and food containing preservatives, artificial colour and additives. There are certain substances in these foods that can worsen bronchitis.
– Coffee, tea, sugar, pickles and condiments.
– Refined and processed foods such as pastry, pasta and bakery products which contain sugar and refined flour.
Home Remedies for Bronchitis
– Horse gram (Kulattha) Soup with a pinch of black salt may help to reduce irritation.
– Linseed emulsion or tea can be given to kids and the elderly.
Method: Take one teaspoon of powdered linseed seeds in 300 ml (one-and-a-half of glass) of water. Boil it until it reduces to half the quantity. Add some honey and drink it warm.
– Add a glass of warm water to orange juice; consume this mixture at least thrice a day.
Natural remedies for bronchitis are a combination of Homeopathic formulations, Ayurvedic herbs and dietary supplements. These natural supplements along with an improved lifestyle and adequate diet can help to address all the aspects of bronchitis.
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