Bronchitis designates the inflammation of the bronchial tree evolving with an excessive mucus secretion. It is an acute or chronic condition caused by bacterial, fungal or viral infections but also by allergens especially smoking.
Acute bronchitis has the signs of a chest cold: fever, dry or mucus expectorating coughing, feeble voice, speak problems, chest pain, nausea, and anorexia. Acute bronchitis is caused by bronchial inflammation is usually self-limiting. Symptoms can sometimes be impossible to detect because of the constricted contractions of the respiratory system. If not treated in delectrician time, acute bronchitis gives complications like chronicisation, asthmatic bronchitis; most dangerous are cases in children, newborns or adults suffering from emphysema.
Long-term smoking can directly lead to chronic bronchitis and different respiratory harming factors can make the bronchial tree vulnerable to bronchitis and fibrosis. Chronic bronchitis is usually connected to the pulmonary emphysema meaning mass pulmonary disruptions.
Treating the bronchitis is mainly done by administering drugs to increase the volume of bronchial tubes, to calm coughing; infection is treated by antibiotics but a complete cure would be also giving up smoking.
Renunciation to smoking can trigger to the resolution of the disease and overturn the consequences of chronic bronchitis. Patients with acute bronchitis must drink large amounts of fluids to assure hydration and humidification of the mucus. Acute bronchitis is easier to treat than chronic cases but must be in time deled with as it can cause major complications if left untreated.
A premature diagnoses and treatment might negatively influence the establishment of the symptoms. The most common treatment is based on antibiotics to combat infection and inhalers are meant to reduce coughing and wheezing. Oxygen therapy is given in severe cases to support breathing.
Physical exercises are important in improving symptoms; aerobic exercise is helpful for sustaining breathing after the cure. Normal walking gives a great deal of help to bronchitis patients. Also cardiovascular sport exercises can ameliorate breathing, calm the patient and fortify muscles.
While the bronchitis attacks, patients are not allowed to eat dairy products as they increase the secretion of mucus and worsen the infection by stimulating the multiplication of bacteria.
Garlic, pepper and chicken stock are recommended during acute bronchitis to dilute the mucus and help its elimination. Eucalyptus aromatherapy calms irritation in the bronchis and lungs improving the respiration. Warm baths and warm compresses applied on the chest clear mucus and stabilize breathing. Patients with bronchitis must really consider giving up smoking and take cautions also against people smoking around them.