Trying to figure out if your cough that just refuses to go away is bronchitis or just common cold with coughing? We will try to help you. Also, we will tell you the symptoms, causes and types of bronchitis as well as the best treatment to cure it without any side-effects.
Coughing, sore throat, runny nose, nasal congestion, and occasional fever – are more or less some of the common symptoms of both common cold and bronchitis. This often leads to misdiagnosis. Patients many times believe they are suffering from one when they could very well be ailing from the other.
Both common cold and bronchitis are caused by viral infection. Only small percentages (about 10 per cent) of bronchitis cases are caused by bacterial invasion. However, in both the ailments, the infecting virus attacks different areas of the patient's respiratory tract. Therefore, the medical approach towards handling both these conditions also differs significantly.
Cough if left untreated for a long time can lead to bronchitis. It is helpful therefore to tell your doctor how long you've had the cough, if any activities or exposure to something seem to make it worse, or if you notice any other different or unusual feelings, and if you cough up mucus. All these things will help a doctor to diagnose bronchitis.
So, what exactly is bronchitis and how does it occur?
Inflammation/irritation of the tubes that carry air to the lungs is called bronchitis. As the inner lining of these tubes (bronchi) swells up, it grows thicker and starts to produce mucus. This results in the narrowing of the tubes, causing cough with the production of thick phlegm.
TYPES OF BRONCHITIS
Bronchitis can be acute or chronic in nature.
SYMPTOMS OF BRONCHITIS
Acute bronchitis usually starts with an attack of common cold – it’s often caused by the same viruses that cause cold. Listed below are some of the typical symptoms of acute bronchitis.
Chronic bronchitis has symptoms that last a prolonged period of time and come on repetitively. Some of the symptoms of chronic bronchitis are:
CAUSES OF BRONCHITIS
The cough that has lasted for quite a few days in your case and does not get better on its own may be bronchitis, and it can be caused due to a number of reasons as listed below.
Viruses: Several viruses have been known to cause bronchitis and some of the common ones include Influenza A and B virus; these are also commonly referred to as the flu. They are generally responsible for acute bronchitis.
Bacteria: Certain bacteria such as ‘Mycoplasma pneumoniae’ can also lead to bronchitis, especially of the acute form.
Inhaling irritant fumes, chemical solvents, dust, etc., over a period of time can lead to chronic cases of bronchitis, though sudden exposure can also precipitate an acute attack.
Smoking is one of the major causes for developing chronic bronchitis. People with a weakened immune system are at an increased risk of developing bronchitis.
It must be noted that people with chronic bronchitis go through periods when their condition becomes worse than general. During such times, they may develop acute bronchitis (caused by viruses or bacteria).
BREATHE EASY WITH HOMEOPATHY
Homeopathy has a good scope in the treatment of bronchitis. It can offer significant relief from symptoms as well as improve the general well being of the patient.
In cases of acute bronchitis, homeopathy can shorten the duration of the illness and rule out the need for prescribing antibiotics to the patient. There is a marked reduction in the toxicity experienced by the patient when he is on homeopathic treatment of bronchitis.
Chronic bronchitis is a stubborn condition in general but homeopathy has an answer to this condition as well. There are homeopathic remedies that significantly improve symptoms of chronic bronchitis and can even aid the patient in quitting smoking.
The homeopathic treatment of bronchitis can also help to prevent complications such as pneumonia, respiratory failure, right-sided heart failure (cor pulmonale), emphysema, etc.
As it is a well known fact, homeopathic medicines are without any side-effects whatsoever and are non habit-forming. Additionally, there is no problem in administering the medicines to any patient irrespective of age.
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