Bronchitis is defined by the American Medical Dictionary as an inflammation of the airways particularly those in between the lungs and the nose. It affects different structures in the air passageways, especially the trachea and the bronchi, the biggest tube that brings air into the lungs. Bronchitis may either be acute (short period) or chronic (long term) and is customarily triggered by both viral and bacterial infections.
Acute bronchitis is usually caused as an aftereffect of the common cold or other less serious respiratory infections and can be treated easily without any lasting complications. Chronic bronchitis on the other hand is a more serious form of the sickness wherein constant inflammation of the respiratory system is observed. It is often caused by smoking and is generally a sign of serious lung problems. Chronic bronchitis has no known cure yet and all that can be done is to slow the progression of the disease. Chronic bronchitis is also part of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases), the broad term used to group such diseases that gravely affects human respiration.
Typical symptoms of both acute and chronic bronchitis are as follows:
- Cough that is either dry or productive
- Creation of mucus which may vary in color depending on severity of disease
- Constant exhaustion and fatigue
- Shortness of breath. Wheezing is also sometimes present
- Fever and its corresponding chills
- Chest trouble, chest pains
Bronchitis remedies include the use of broad spectrum antibiotics, cough medicines and other medicines which are good against the constriction of the air passageways of the body, and also by pulmonary rehabilitation therapy, wherein one undergoes series of breathing exercise programs that aims to promote easy and pain-free breathing.
Other natural and alternative things that is used to fight and cure bronchitis:
- Holy Basil, hugely popular in India for treatment of lung infections
- Malabar Nut, leaves are usually chewed but liquid concentrate already available on specialty stores
- Turmeric, known for its anti-inflammatory agents and widely used in Ayurvedic medicine
- Umcka, an African herb which is particularly useful against bronchitis and sinusitis
- Yoga and Meditation, primary focus will be on deep breathing to strengthen the lungs and other organs
Now if only my father can read what I have written then he might hugely benefit from it. I have been bugging him for such a long time with regards to his bad habit of smoking and the effects it has on the human body, not only his but also of the people that are around him. He suffered pneumonia once because of it and still he persists in continuing with his smoking. I told him bronchitis would be next and still he would hear nothing of it.
Bronchitis vs. pneumonia, so what will it be, I often ask him that question to somehow scare him a bit into quitting. Hopefully not emphysema or lung cancer as that would really be the end of him. Maybe it’s truly hard to quit smoking especially when he is already decades into it, but how we wished he would do it for us.