Signs and Symptoms of Bronchitis

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You would have noticed that there are some respiratory diseases which are rapidly becoming very common these days as compared to a few years back. If you suffer from a respiratory disease, how may it affect your life? The answer is; it would be affecting you in more than one ways. It would not only make the breathing process difficult for you, but would also hinder the performance of some comparatively hectic tasks. Most important of all, it would even affect the appropriate supply of oxygen to your body.

One such respiratory disease with severe implications is called bronchitis. It is known to be one of the most common respiratory disorders nowadays which can target anyone unexpectedly. Although there is no predictable time for its attack but most commonly it targets its victims in winter. Moreover, the ratio of this disease is higher among those people who live in highly populated cities with polluted environment. People with weaker immunity for lungs can also be caught by this illness. Although, people from all ages are included in the list of victims but the greatest ratio is of infants, children, elderly people and especially those who are habitual smokers.

Bronchitis Types

In order to understand various aspects of this illness, we first need to know that bronchitis can be of two types;

  • Acute Bronchitis
  • Chronic Bronchitis

The acute bronchitis usually lasts for only 10 to 12 days if you get it diagnosed in time and get proper treatment for it. The causing agents of bronchitis are bacteria or viruses, however, in rare cases; it can also be caused due to fungal infection. If you doubt whether you are suffering from acute bronchitis, check out the following symptoms;

  • Shorter breath
  • Mild chest pain
  • Squeezing and painful feeling around eyes
  • Vibration of chest when breathing
  • Persistent and expectorating cough
  • Mild fever
  • Feeling cold
  • Mild pain in throat
  • Wheezing while breathing

The treatment of bronchitis is dependant on what caused it, and you cannot determine whether it is caused by bacteria or virus until you see a physician. He may prescribe you to undergo some tests. Once the tests have mentioned the agent responsible for your illness, the treatment would be done accordingly. The treatment not only includes prescribed medication but you would also be advised to follow some home remedies for getting rid of above mentioned symptoms.

Unlike acute bronchitis, chronic bronchitis is a long-term illness, requiring a thorough treatment and proper care. The underlying cause for this severer form of bronchitis is the inhalation of irritants, such as toxic fumes or cigarette smoke. If not treated properly, chronic bronchitis can result in a permanent damage to your respiratory system, making daily life difficult to you. Normally its span is 3 months but in some severe cases it can be prolonged to two consecutive years.

The most important thing to remember about this disease is that it is highly contagious and hence requires special precautions to avoid spreading it to others. For that, you need to humidify your environment and keep your mouth covered with a damp towel when coughing.

In case of chronic bronchitis, the treatment is longer and bronchial tube takes some time to heal back to its normal condition. You need to avoid polluted and dusty places and quit smoking. In case of chronic bronchitis too, different home remedies would enhance the effect of medication and would help remove the symptoms.

One of the most important remedy to be followed is your personal hygiene. Without it, medication would be a waste. You need to make sure that you wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. A healthy nutritious diet, including the increased intake of liquid, coupled with proper rest would also help a lot.

Remember that, early diagnosis is half treatment for this illness. So if you notice any symptoms, immediately seek medical advice before it becomes too late.

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