How does your environment affect your bronchitis
Bronchitis is an inflammation of the air path between the nose and the lungs, including trachea or the windpipe and the larger air tubes (bronchi) of the lung that bring air in from the trachea. Bronchitis is one of the most common respiratory tract infections.
Types of bronchitis
Bronchitis can either be acute (of brief duration) or chronic (have a long course). Acute bronchitis is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection. It usually heals in 7-10 days without complications. Chronic bronchitis on the other hand is a sign of serious lung disease. A Bronchitis cure is yet to be found; although it can be managed.
Viral and bacterial infections, environmental factors and other lung conditions are the main bronchitis causes.
- Viral infections: About 85-95% of acute bronchitis in adults is caused by viruses. The same viruses that cause the flu or common cold can cause acute bronchitis.
- Bacterial infection: In rare cases, bacterial infection can follow a viral infection of bronchitis, which causes repeated, uncontrolled coughing.
- Other lung conditions: People with asthma sometimes develop acute bronchitis. In this case however, acute bronchitis is not contagious because it’s not caused by an infection.
How can the environment cause/affect bronchitis?
Every day, we take approximately 25,000 breaths. Our lungs absorb oxygen from the air and transfer it into our bodies, allowing proper functioning. Naturally, the air we breathe has to be clean and clear for that. Environmental factors can greatly affect the way lungs work and can deeply impact individuals suffering from bronchitis.
When you breathe in irritants like smoke, smog or chemical fumes, it contains particles that travel deep into your lungs causing inflammation in your trachea and bronchial tubes and even prevent the uptake of oxygen by the blood.
Weather change can also make the effects of air pollution worse. Some of the worst offenders are intense heat waves, longer pollen seasons, and particles in the air caused by drought, sandstorms and dust. Adverse weather conditions like these can trigger bronchitis symptoms greatly.
Signs and symptoms
Signs and symptoms of bronchitis (both chronic and acute) include persistent coughing which may produce mucus, low fever, and chills, wheezing, body aches, sore throat, chest tightening, breathlessness, blocked nose and sinuses; and headaches among others. One of the main symptoms of acute bronchitis is a cough that lasts several weeks, which can even last for several months in some cases.
Treatment for bronchitis
Treatment for bronchitis can come in many forms. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics if it’s caused by a bacterial infection. Possible side effects of antibiotics include nausea, bloating and indigestion, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, and many more.
If you have asthma or allergies, the doctor may suggest an inhaler which will help open up your airways and make it easier to breathe. Possible side-effects of inhalers include sore throat, hoarseness, oral thrush, and vision problems amongst others.
One needs to be wary of side-effects when choosing an approach. How about a treatment method that poses no such issues?
Homeopathic treatment of bronchitis
Homeopathy treats bronchitis effectively and in a healthy manner. It focuses on determining the principal cause of bronchitis, rather than just alleviating the physical symptoms. Homeopathy tends to provide long-term relief without any side-effects.
At Dr Batra's™, homeopathic doctors follow an individualistic approach towards treating bronchitis. They will examine the patient’s medical history and lifestyle; whether they recently suffered from a cold or flu, whether they are suffering from other lung conditions, whether they smoke or whether they are vulnerable to certain environmental triggers.
Once the examination is done, personalized homeopathic medicine is given to each patient. Because the triggers and factors may vary from person to person, it is highly unlikely that two individuals receive the same medication. These remedies not only treat bronchitis but also make sure the occurrence of the symptoms is as less as possible in the future.
So if you are someone suffering from this respiratory ailment, we suggest you get yourself checked at the nearest homeopathy clinic. Book an online appointment and notice the change in your life.