Bronchitis is generally a viral condition in which you get persistent coughing. It affects your lungs and it can be either acute or chronic. A one time occurrence which lasts for days or even weeks but then stops is called acute bronchitis. But, if your persistent cough is unstoppable for months they you are suffering from chronic bronchitis.
Bronchitis is a condition, when the mucus lining of the bronchi, the tube that transports the air from windpipe to the lungs, gets infected and begins to produce persistent cough that is painful.
When the viruses that caused cough and cold in your upper respiratory tract travel down to attack the lower respiratory tract, you get acute bronchitis.
Bronchitis can also be caused by bacteria, which generally requires doctor’s attention. Bronchitis, which lasts for more than 10 days and, is followed with fever requires special attention, as it might be pneumonia.
It takes about 7 to 10 days for the bronchitis cough to subside to feel relieved with conventional medicine and syrups.
Sometimes, environmental pollutions can also cause bronchitis as the external particles irritate bronchial tubes.
It is generally important to ensure that you are adequately throughout the day. This increases your immunity, but this is even more important when you have infections such as bronchitis. Body water helps to thin down the mucus and it becomes easy to cough out the excess phlegm that is blocking the bronchial tubes.
Most viral infections can be endured better if you take sufficient rest. Therefore, if you follow the two routines of drinking a glass of water every one hour and don’t exert much and if you can afford take rest. This, lifestyle change, will give you enough relief from bronchitis.
Here we are going to use gravity to excrete the bronchial mucus faster. You require a cushion board which can be slanted at 30 degrees. It should remain stable at that incline.
- Take and expectorant ( you can take a teaspoon honey in a cup of warm water)
- Sleep on the slanted board with your feet up and face down.
- Gravity is now working on the phlegm to get down and out through your throat
- Lie there for 30 minutes before you get up.
Get ready to now cough out the phlegm which has been released by gravity. This works fast and you can get bronchitis relief immediately.
Gargling with Salt water helps to clear the throat. This paves the way for the bronchial mucus to get out easily. It is therefore, important to ensure that the phlegm in the bronchial tubes is thinned before the gargling. Follow any one or both the above methods before gargling.
If you are fully hydrated, your phlegm will be thinned or if have slept on the 30 degree slanted cushion board with your feet higher, then you are ready to do gargling for the best results.
- Add one teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water
- Stir it well to completely dissolve the salt in water
- Take a sip and gargle for 30 seconds
- Repeat the process until the entire saline water is finished.
Adding too much water can irritate the throat and too little may not be effective. So maintain the balanced ration by hit and try but general rule of thumb is one teaspoon of salt in one cup of water.
Honey is a natural expectorant. Add a teaspoon of honey in half a cup of warm water. Stir it well to mix it. Take small sips and enjoy the taste.
You can add lemon to be even more effective. In both cases it is important that the water is warm. Honey coats and sooths the throat and lemon provide vitamin C to improve immunity.
In today’s busy lifestyle where we don’t have enough time to do any exercise, we don’t sleep well due to over work and stress, our immunity remains at the lowest levels. This is the cause of attracting virus attacks and diseases.
Once we get infected, we need to rest to increase capacity to fight with the infection. Take enough rest. Falling sick are the warning signs.
Don’t underestimate the power of rest. Most animal when fall sick, take complete rest. They don’t even eat so that the entire body works towards fighting the infection. It is a common sense approach.
So please take rest to get relief from bronchitis that could make breathing difficult.
Bronchitis is usually avoidable condition. Therefore, when you get the virtual attack that leads to cough and cold, take extra precaution to treat it fast so that the lower respiratory track is not affected.
Also avoid getting exposure to pollutants in the atmosphere.
If you take sufficient care then you won’t suffer from bronchitis next time.