In the US between 15 to 18 million are diagnosed with bronchitis each year. Many of these people are not happy with the traditional ways to combat bronchitis and are looking for natural remedies to solve the problem. There are quite few home remedies that help with bronchitis. But before we talk about the holistic ways or natural ways to cure bronchitis, let’s understand what it is and what the symptoms are.
What is Bronchitis
Bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining of your bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from your lungs, according to the Mayo Clinic. Bronchitis may be either acute or chronic.
A common condition, acute bronchitis often develops from a cold or other respiratory infection. Chronic bronchitis, a more serious condition, is a constant irritation or inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes, often due to smoking.
Acute bronchitis usually improves within a few days without lasting effects, although you may continue to cough for weeks. However, if you have repeated bouts of bronchitis, you may have chronic bronchitis, which requires medical attention. Chronic bronchitis is one of the conditions included in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Treatment for bronchitis focuses on relieving your symptoms and easing your breathing.
For either acute bronchitis or chronic bronchitis, signs and symptoms may include:
* Production of mucus (sputum), either clear or white or yellowish-gray or green in color
* Shortness of breath, made worse by mild exertion
* Slight fever and chills
* Chest discomfort
If you have acute bronchitis, you may have a nagging cough that lingers for several weeks after the bronchitis resolves. However, bronchitis symptoms can be deceptive. You don’t always produce sputum when you have bronchitis, and children often swallow coughed-up material, so parents may not know there’s a secondary infection. You can develop chronic bronchitis without first developing acute bronchitis. And many smokers have to clear their throats every morning when they get up, which, if it continues for more than three months, may be chronic bronchitis.
Natural Cures for Bronchitis
Include garlic and onions in your diet to cure bronchitis naturally. Drink plenty of fluids. Pure water, herbal teas and soups are great choices. Avoid foods that form mucus, such as dairy products, processed foods, sugar, sweet fruit, bread, alcohol, and white flour. Also avoid gas producing foods such as beans, cabbage, cauliflower. Do NOT smoke and avoid second hand smoke. Natural remedies for bronchitis include adding moisture to the air by using a humidifier or vaporizer. Clean the equipment frequently to avoid growth of bacteria.
Rest in bed in the early stages, when fever is present. Once fever subsides and you are feeling better, alternate periods of rest with periods of moderate activity to prevent secretions from settling in the lungs.
If persistent or severe coughing, high fever wheezing sounds, weakness and lethargy, difficulty breathing, and or chest pain develops, consult your doctor. If bacteria is the cause of acute bronchitis, see your doctor immediately. All of these may be signs of pneumonia.
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Please check with your doctor before taking any supplements, and also read the warning labels on each product, especially if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Also read the labels carefully when giving your child any natural supplement, to ensure that it is safe to give a child.