Bronchitis describes inflammation of the bronchial tubes (inflammation = itis). The inflammation causes swelling of the lining of these breathing tubes, narrowing the tubes and promoting secretion of inflammatory fluid.
Causes for Bronchitis
Excessive smoking causes a breathing problem, chest pain and lead to bronchitis. High doze of medicines, improper diet, unrest, stress also cause bronchitis problem. Genetics and heredity reasons are sometimes responsible for bronchitis disease in the patient. Improper breathing technique, staying and working in less airy environment, or in absence of fresh oxygen also causes bronchitis. Changes in the climatic condition sometimes lead to breathing difficulties.
Symptoms of Bronchitis
Typically, the symptoms begin with those of the common cold but develop with painful coughing, wheezing, throat and chest pains and the production of purulent (pus-containing) mucus. The person is likely to be feverish and feels generally unwell, and crackling, bubbling and wheezing sounds can be heard when listening to the chest. A person with symptoms of bronchitis should seek medical advice.
Treatment of Bronchitis
Consists of rest and the taking of analgesics or a cough preparation that can be purchased over the counter. Also, inhalation of steam and a heating pad or hot-water bottle on the chest is very effective. Antibiotics may be needed to combat infection. Prevention of Bronchitis
If you have frequent or repeated attacks of bronchitis, the culprit may be the environment of where you live or work in. Combination of cold, damp locations, pollutions or smoke can make you susceptible to bronchitis whether it is acute or chronic.
Bronchitis Diet and Foods Plan
Consuming diet rich in fatty acid, manganese and antioxidants helps in preventing and treating bronchitis. Increasing amount of organic fruits and vegetables and eating coldwater fish or walnuts are also effective foods for bronchitis treatment. Daily diet plan to be followed is freshly squeezed lime and honey in the morning, steamed vegetables during lunch whereas dinner should include green salads, sprouted seeds and cottage cheese made at home. Foods to avoid bronchitis are white sugar, condiments, pickle based products.
Another effective remedy for bronchitis is a mixture comprising of half a teaspoon each of the powder of ginger, pepper, and cloves, three times a day. It may be licked with honey or taken as an infusion with tea. The mixture of these three ingredients has also antipyretic qualities and is effective in reducing fever accompanying bronchitis. It also tones up the metabolism of the patient.
Onions have been used as a remedy for bronchitis for centuries. They are said to possess expectorant properties. They liquefy phlegm and prevent its further formation. One teaspoon of raw onion juice, first thing in the morning, is very beneficial in such cases. Bronchitis treatment using Spinach
Fifty grams of fresh leaves of spinach, and 250 ml of water should be mixed with a pinch of ammonium chloride and one teaspoonful of honey. This infusion is an effective expectorant in the treatment of bronchitis.
An infusion of one teaspoon of sesame seeds, mixed with a teaspoon of linseed, a pinch of common salt, and a teaspoon of honey, can be given once at night with beneficial results in bronchitis. Half a teaspoon of dry seeds pounded into powder should be given, mixed with two tablespoons of water, twice daily. Alternately, a decoction of half a teaspoon of the same should be taken twice daily.
An emulsion of almonds is useful in bronchial diseases, including bronchitis. It is prepared by making a powder of seven kernels of almonds and mixing the powdered kernels in a cup of orange or lemon juice. This emulsion may be taken once daily at night.
Chicory or endive is another effective home remedy for bronchitis. The powder of the dry root of this herb should be given in doses of half a teaspoon mixed with one teaspoonful of honey thrice daily. It is a very useful expectorant in chronic bronchitis.
A hot poultice of linseed (alsi) should be applied over the front and back of the chest. This poultice may be prepared by mixing one cup or sixteen tablespoons of the seeds with a quantity of hot water, sufficient to convert them into a moist mealy mass. This should then be applied carefully. Turpentine may also be rubbed over the chest.
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