Bronchitis can show up quickly and unexpectedly. If you’ve ever had bronchitis, or know of someone who has, you know just how irritating and difficult it can make your breathing. Throw a fever with chills on top of that, and things can quickly go from bad to worse. Check out this resource on bronchitis: what you need to know. In case you missed my post, Why You Should Wash Your Hands Often
Bronchitis: What You Need to Know
Fortunately, there are a handful of remedies that can make your symptoms much more tolerable, and also a number of ways that you can lower your risk for contracting it. Here’s more about bronchitis and everything that you need to know about it. Please refer to the CDC for any additional information.
Remember, I am not a doctor, nurse, or anyone in the medical field. Please refer to your medical specialist with any of your health issues. In case you missed this post: Allergies: What You Need to Know
Basic Info About Bronchitis
Acute Bronchitis is an inflammation that takes place in our airways (bronchial tubes), which makes it difficult to breathe due to the restriction of airflow in our lungs. This is what is known as a chest cold and can be contagious. In most cases, it’s caused by a virus infection, while sometimes, it’s due to the fact that the patient is a smoker.
There are two different types of bronchitis, one being acute, and the other, chronic. Acute bronchitis is the most common of the two, while chronic bronchitis is a chronic lung disease that is much more severe. Chronic bronchitis will keep coming back, or may never leave the patient.
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Interesting Facts ABout Bronchitis
The color of the mucus produced while being coughed up may be an indicator as to whether you have a viral or bacterial infection. If you are noticing that the mucus remains a clear color, you might have a viral infection. You may notice that the mucus begins to change to a yellow or green color. This may indicate that you also have a bacterial infection.
Nearly 95% of all bronchitis cases that happen to healthy non-smoking patients is caused by some type of viral respiratory infection, whether it’s influenza, parainfluenza, or adenovirus, among many others.
Chronic bronchitis happens more times than not, with patients that smoke. There is no cure for chronic bronchitis. But there are plenty of medications out there that can help relieve its symptoms.
What are the Symptoms?
The symptoms for bronchitis include a cough which may produce mucus, shortness of breath, chest discomfort, fatigue, nasal congestion, sore throat, and oftentimes chills with a low-grade fever.
Children may have a runny nose, a mild fever, and might gag or even vomit up mucus. The infection itself usually lasts for 3 to 10 days. Most bronchitis cases go away on their own, but it may take as much as 3 weeks for all the symptoms to disappear.
It’s important that you treat bronchitis so that your condition does not become even worse. Bronchitis that’s left unchecked, can lead to pneumonia, where the infection moves from your airways and into your lungs.
Unfortunately, antibiotics will have virtually no effect on bronchitis because they work to kill bacteria and not viral infections. However, there are certain prescriptions out there that will help alleviate the symptoms, but a doctor may tell you to try a number of the suggestions below. In case you missed this post, Natural Remedies That Really Work
- Make sure that you are getting plenty of rest.
- It’s also important to drink plenty of liquids (hot tea with lemon or honey will help a sore throat).
- Use ibuprofen or aspirin to help alleviate headaches, a fever, or aches and pains.
- Take hot showers to create steam that can clear the lungs and loosen mucus.
- Humidifiers help as well.
When to Consult Your Doctor
As mentioned earlier, bronchitis symptoms usually clear up on their own after a while. If you notice that you have a wheezing cough that won’t go away after 3 to 4 weeks, or shortness of breath, you may need to consult your family doctor.
There’s the possibility that it may be in the early developing stages of chronic bronchitis, which can be very dangerous. Please remember to listen to your gut, if your gut tells you to see a doctor, you probably should.
If you’re a little older, it’s especially important to consult your doctor as early as possible if you’re not sure whether it’s bronchitis or not. Pneumonia can progress rapidly if not diagnosed and treated in a reasonable amount of time.
Ways to Avoid Bronchitis
There’s no guarantee that you can avoid bronchitis altogether, but you certainly can lower your risk for contracting the infection by following these simple steps.
- Get the flu shot (please note, I am not advocating flu shots).
- Wash your hands often.
- Avoid using tobacco or being exposed to it.
- Drink lots of water.
- Stay clear of dust and chemical fumes.
- Dogs that shed may cause you to have allergies then Bronchitis.
- I quote WebMD “When it comes to pet allergies, cats and dogs get most of the blame. But they’re not the only pets that can make you cough and sneeze. Any animal with fur or hair can trigger an allergic reaction. May 12, 2019.”
- I quote the American Lung Association-Lung.org “Some people are allergic to pets or have asthma that is triggered by pet allergens. For these individuals, breathing animal allergens can make respiratory symptoms worse and lead to a decline in the ability of the lungs to function. … Other symptoms are itching, watery eyes, and eczema or rashes. Feb 12, 2020.”
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If you’ve ever had bronchitis, you know just how obnoxious that cough can be and how miserable the other symptoms make you feel. Just because acute bronchitis can typically go away on its own does not mean that it should be left untreated. Please keep eating fruits and vegetables to stay healthy. Oh, and keep washing your hands. May God bless this world, Linda
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