What is Bronchitis?
Bronchitis is a medical condition wherein the bronchial tubes particularly their lining become inflamed or swollen due to an infection caused by bacteria, fungus, or virus. In other cases, any particle that causes an irritation o the bronchial tubes may also result to bronchitis. The more common acute bronchitis often results from colds or other respiratory disorders and may last for a few weeks and can easily be treated. The more serious chronic bronchitis which lasts for months usually require medical help as the inflammation and irritation of the bronchial tubes become constant.
What are the Symptoms of Bronchitis?
Bronchitis symptoms include cough, presence of mucus, nasal congestion, shortness of breath, pain in the chest area, muscle pain, fatigue, and fever.
Is Bronchitis Contagious?
One question often asked about bronchitis is whether one can contact the condition after getting close with someone already infected by it. The answer is both yes and no. It really depends on how the bronchitis started. If the culprit is a virus or bacteria then it may be contagious. This is common in acute bronchitis. Irritants like air pollution and smoking causes chronic bronchitis which is not contagious.
How to Treat Bronchitis?
Over-the-counter medications for bronchitis such as cough remedies have been popular for quite some time now. While they do work in most cases, bronchitis treatment can be done naturally without having to worry about the possible side effects of the chemicals in such medications. It must also be noted that antibiotics are useless against bronchitis caused by virus.
Garlic is one of the most popular natural remedies for acute bronchitis thanks to its potent anti-viral and antibiotic qualities. Treatment may be as simple as eating a clove or two of garlic. If you can’t handle the taste, you can add it to your food as long as you let it stand for at least ten minutes after cutting and before cooking.
This rhizome has anti-inflammatory properties making it useful against the swelling while it also helps strengthen the body’s immune system for relief from the symptoms and faster healing. Ginger can be taken as medicine in a variety of ways. One way is to drink two cups of ginger tea made by steeping a teaspoon each of ginger powder and black pepper in hot water. You may add a teaspoon of honey to alter the taste. Scrambled eggs with lots of diced ginger root is a popular remedy for coughing while in the Philippines, ginger is brewed into a salabat, a local tea used for cough and throat infections.
Turmeric is a close relative of ginger which explains why it is also recommended as a remedy for bronchitis. Aside from giving curry its yellow color, turmeric also imparts its medicinal value thanks to its main active ingredient called curcumin. This ingredient is responsible for turmeric’s strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
5. Water and Other Fluids
Drinking plenty of fluids especially water is a great way to get relief from phlegm. The mucus buildup will be decreased while your body stays hydrated.