A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Bronchitis
I had a question the other day about bronchitis.
Bronchitis means the tubes that carry air to your lungs are inflamed and irritated.
When this happens, your bronchial tubes swell and produce mucus.
This makes you cough.
There are 2 types of bronchitis:
1. Acute bronchitis usually comes on quickly and gets better after 2-3 weeks.
2. Chronic bronchitis keeps coming back and can last a long time, especially in people who smoke.
Chronic bronchitis means you have a cough with mucus most days of the month for 3 months of the year and for at least 2 years in a row.
We’ll talk here about acute bronchitis.
Both children and adults can get acute bronchitis.
Most healthy people who get acute bronchitis get better without any problems.
But it can be more serious in older adults and children and in people with other health problems, especially lung diseases like asthma or COPD.
Complications can include pneumonia and repeated episodes of severe bronchitis.
Acute bronchitis is usually caused by a virus.
Often a person gets acute bronchitis a few days after having an upper respiratory tract infection like a cold or the flu.
Sometimes acute bronchitis is caused by bacteria.
Acute bronchitis also can be caused by breathing in things that irritate your bronchial tubes, like smoke.
It also can happen you inhale food or vomit into your lungs.
The most common symptom of acute bronchitis is a cough that’s usually dry and hacking at first.
After a few days, the cough may bring up mucus.
You may have a low fever and feel tired.
Most people get better in 2-3 weeks.
But some people continue to have a cough for more than 4 weeks.
If your symptoms get worse, like a high fever, shaking chills, chest or shoulder pain, or shortness of breath, you could have pneumonia.
Pneumonia can be serious, so it’s important to see a doctor if you feel like you’re getting sicker.
In some cases, you may need a chest x-ray or other tests to make sure you don’t have pneumonia, whooping cough, or another lung problem.
This is especially true if you’ve had bronchitis for a few weeks and aren’t getting better.
More testing also may be needed for babies, older adults, and people who have lung disease (such as asthma or COPD) or other health problems.
Most people can treat symptoms of acute bronchitis at home and don’t need antibiotics or other prescription medicines.
Antibiotics don’t help with viral bronchitis.
And even bronchitis caused by bacteria will usually go away on its own.
To deal with bronchitis it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily as it hydrates body and brain cells, thins mucus, and flushes toxins (whether thirsty or not!).
*Purify indoor air.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, omega-3 oils, fish oils).
*Explore use of Oil of Oregano and Mullein oil.
*Consume plenty of fresh garlic and onions.
*Switch to safe, nontoxic cleaners, laundry and personal care products that don’t emit toxic fumes/residues.
*Discover “hidden” allergies/sensitivities (food and/or environmental) that may trigger or aggravate condition.
*Dairy products are very mucus forming.
*Review my post on candida.
*Eliminate smoking, second-hand smoke, environmental pollutants.
*Explore the use of hydrotherapy and/or castor oil or onion packs.
*Consider a vaporizer.
*Avoid sugar as it “turns off” your immune system.