Hello, your friendly Healthy website, that is here for you, and your needs, here again with another health topic. Here to give you the information on Bronchitis or Chronic and Acute bronchitis. Do you know, what it can or cannot do, to your body? Severe bronchitis also called chronic bronchitis, can be life-threatening, if the bronchial tubes and lungs become weak enough the respiratory system will fail.
With a weak bronchial system, which includes the lungs, it makes the body susceptible to other diseases.
These diseases include lung cancer or any type of lung disease and also heart disease.
Our lung health is the focus of our health. The lung is the most susceptible organ in the body, to catching air born viruses and diseases.
This also increases your risk of catching pneumonia. Now for that matter, I guess it causes us to ask a few questions, like what is Bronchitis?
What is Bronchitis?
Bronchitis is the inflammation of the bronchi tubes, the airways that carry air to the lungs. It is accompanied by a cough, that usually followed by mucus wheezing and shortness of breath. Most likely will cause a slight fever and tightness in the chest. This will be a persistent cough and wheezing, chronic bronchitis is called a form of COPD.
Some things about chronic bronchitis, although it is a less common disease and usually affects people between ages over 40. There is more than one type of bronchitis, they are called acute and chronic.
Different Types of Bronchitis
We’ve discussed a little about chronic bronchitis, we’re going to give some information on it and the other type, which is acute.
Acute -is more common and the difference between acute and chronic is that acute, is usually caused, by a virus. So drugs for it usually doesn’t include, antibiotics. They are used for, bacterial infections. Now, acute bronchitis usually last from three to four weeks, could be more or less.
Chronic – we discussed chronic a little when we started, but here is the rest of the story. Chronic Bronchitis is a much more serious disorder. Have you ever heard of COPD? Well, Chronic Bronchitis is a form of COPD. It has all the characteristics of acute, but the symptoms last longer than three months.
- a severe cough – a persistent hacking cough is one of the most common symptoms of bronchitis
- mucus or sputum – mucus is developed from the respiratory tract and coughed up
- shortness of breath – the bronchi tubes become swollen and inflamed making it hard to breath
- chest tightness – inflammation in bronchial tubes and chest
- wheezing – due to the swelling in bronchial tubes and phlegm
- fatigue – because your body working so hard to breath, limiting the oxygen getting to your body, which will finally cause you to wear down
- fever – it is possible that you may have a low fever
- drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated
- avoid smoke or any irritant that will make breathing worse
- just use over the counter medicines to combat fever or pain
- you can use a humidifier to get moist air into your lungs for better breathing
- you should get plenty of rest so your body can help heal itself
- If you smoke, quit, and stay away from air pollution
- antibiotics – are used to treat chronic bronchitis, to combat the infection in the respiratory system
- nebulizer inhaled medicines such as steroids
- oxygen is used, when the conditions are severe enough
- sometimes surgery in removing damaged lung tissue
- some cases the doctor wants you to use a CPAP machine
Is Bronchitis Contagious?
Chronic – last a lot longer than acute, and it will keep returning year after year. Irritants in the air cause it to become worse, such as smoke, dust or chemicals and for this reason it is not contagious.
Acute – usually caused by a virus like the flu or a cold, and for that matter, is contagious.
For the Contagious
which is acute bronchitis you should stay in, and away from other people for at least 30 days. Being around other people could cause them to come in contact with the virus.
Chronic bronchitis is not contagious. Smoking and other irritants in the air are the main causes.
There are a few natural remedies, I am going to give the 5 most popular ones…….
- Lemons – take your lemon and squeeze the juice from it, into a glass of warm water, sweetening it, to your taste. Drink this everyday day, it has many health benefits.
- Honey – mix honey and a few drops of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink while warm. It will help ease your breathing and relieve inflammation in the throat.
- Ginger – has many health benefits, chop it up and mix it in a hot glass of water. Let it cool a little, but drink while still warm.
- Garlic – some people love this chop the garlic up and mix it and a hot glass of milk or water. let it sit and cool and drink, there are so many health benefits with garlic, it is tremendous.
- Eucalyptus oil – do not drink this, it is used by, boiling a few drops in water, and extracting the steam from it, by holding your head over or use a towel, on your head, and inhaling the steam.
Reasons for this Article
This article was written here at livegreaterhealth.com/bronchitis to inform people who might not know or even want to know more about this disorder.
Bronchitis is a serious illness that needs to be recognized and accounted for. Many, may take their health for granted until sickness hits them and then everything changes in a moment. When that happens, far too often it is too late. So, it’s up to us, to think about our health before having to find out, What can I do Now?
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