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Bronchitis - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

Bronchitis is a respiratory disorder where the mucus membrane found in the lung’s passage gets inflamed. Bronchitis is characterized by phlegm, breathless and coughing spells which occurs when the membrane of the throat swells and becomes thicker. This leads to the narrowing or the shutdown of the airways in the lungs. Bronchitis can be classified into two types, chronic bronchitis and acute bronchitis. Acute bronchitis can lead to hacking cough, the infection is viral and is caused by bacteria. Whereas, chronic bronchitis is a long term diseases and requires immediate medical treatment. Smoking contributes in triggering the symptoms of acute bronchitis. If you happen to be a regular smoker, it is extremely difficult for you to recover. The smoke of the cigarette destroys the tiny hairs in your lungs (cilla). These structures help to brush out excess mucus, irritants and debris. Continued damage to the cilla increases your chances of developing chronic bronchitis. Permanent damage to the cilla can be caused. This condition is called COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and makes it difficult for someone to breathe.

What causes bronchitis?

Acute bronchitis is usually caused due to some form of lung infection. 90% of the lung infections are viral. Prolonged and continuous attacks of bronchitis can irritate and weaken your bronchial airway resulting in chronic bronchitis. Industrial pollutants also contribute in developing bronchitis. People who work in coal mines, grain handling industries and meal molders are more prone in developing chronic bronchitis. This is due to the continuous exposure to fumes and dust. The major causes of bronchitis include cigarette smoking, exposure to high levels of sulfur di-oxide and exposure to other pollutants in the atmosphere.

Facts about bronchitis:

  • Acute bronchitis is a short term disease which leads to a vial infection or a cold. Whereas, chronic bronchitis is long term and can result to extended illness.
  • Exposure to pesticides and insecticides can also increase the susceptibility to bronchitis.
  • Lung function testing, blood tests and chest X-ray is performed to diagnose bronchitis.
  • Acute bronchitis can be cured on its own without any medical treatment.

Treatment:

Bronchitis cannot be cured completely, but proper medications can relieve its symptoms to a great extent. Usually antibiotics and cough medicines are prescribed to clear the throat and to ease the discomfort caused by bronchitis. Severe bronchitis can be treated by using bronchodilators (opens the tubes and clears out mucus), mucolytics (loosens the mucus in the airways), anti inflammatory medicines and glucocorticoid steroids.

Can't be cured, but treatment helps Usually self diagnosable Lab test not required Spread through the air or contaminated surfaces
Symptoms
High fever Coughing up blood Chest pain Persistant coughing Headaches and body aches Wheezing Blocked nose

Popular Health Tips

Is Bronchitis Contagious?

Dr. Piyush Goel 92% (14 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Pulmonary Medicine, FNB-Critical Care and Medicine
Pulmonologist, Gurgaon
Is Bronchitis Contagious?
If you are having a chronic cough and often pant for breath, it is quite possible that you may be suffering from bronchitis. In addition to this, you may also experience wheezing, fatigue, and pain in the chest. It is triggered when the lining of the airways in the lungs become irritated. To determine, whether or not bronchitis is contagious, it is important to understand what caused the ailment. Chronic bronchitis: This type of bronchitis happens when the airways get continuously irritated. It may last for months or even years and tend to come back. It is caused by irritants that affect the lungs such as dust, chemicals, smoke, fire, and smoking cigarettes. Even though chronic bronchitis is not considered contagious, it is a serious health issue that requires medical attention. Acute bronchitis: It generally lasts for about 1 to 3 weeks and stems from cold or flu virus. As these infections are contagious, so is acute bronchitis. Whether a person having bronchitis can spread the disease depends on the virus that is causing the ailment. In most instances, it is seen that the disease is contagious for a first few weeks of infection. Since there are hundreds of viruses causing bronchitis, it is best to assume that a person is bound to spread the disease when he has symptoms of cold and flu. What causes transmission of bronchitis? Acute bronchitis owing to infection is generally transmitted via an airborne droplet containing germs. It is transmitted when someone having infection shakes hand or sneezes or coughs or has any other physical contact. Some virus and bacteria have the power to live outside the body for a prolonged span of time, and therefore, you can get infected by touching any object that is harboring the germs. It is often seen that acute bronchitis begins as flu and therefore, the best way to prevent it is to get an annual shot of flu. When you come in contact with an infected person, the chances of being affected is high if you have chronic infections or weak immune system. Aged people and young children are most vulnerable to this disease. How can acute bronchitis be prevented? Even though acute bronchitis is extremely common and can occur at any time, winter is the most vulnerable season for bronchitis. But there are ways in which you can prevent bronchitis effortlessly. You should avoid close contact and sharing of utensils with an infected person who has flu, cold or bronchitis. You should not touch a used tissue since the virus of bronchitis can easily spread through mucus. Make sure that you get the annual flu shot and wash your hands in warm water. The disease is very common, and it can make you feel very uncomfortable at times. But there are times when the symptoms subside on their own without any sort of medical attention.
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Bronchitis - Ways Ayurveda Can Help You Treat It!

Dr. Nandkishor Pawar 90% (229 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), Post-Graduate Certificate in KAYACHIKITSA
Ayurveda, Beed
Bronchitis - Ways Ayurveda Can Help You Treat It!
Ayurveda is effective because it treats the root of the problem in order to treat it. According to this ancient system of medicine, bronchitis, which is infection of the windpipe, is known as kasa roga . According to Ayurveda, bronchitis happens primarily due to impaired digestion. This is the reason why Ayurveda treats bronchitis through drugs that have the ability to treat both the lungs and the digestive system. Chronic bronchitis is also caused due to airborne allergens like cigarette smoke and pollution. The main symptom of bronchitis is chronic inflammation of the bronchial tubes or the windpipes that carry air to the lungs. This infection causes profuse secretion of phlegm. Other notable symptoms are chest pain, chronic cough, fever, poor digestion and loss of appetite, and shortness of breath. Children, senior citizens and those with an impaired immune system are extremely prone to bronchitis. If left untreated for long, bronchitis can manifest as tuberculosis. Another disease bronchitis can mutate into is bronchial asthma. Ayurvedic treatment Haldi or turmeric, commonly used Ayurvedic spices in the world, is the most common home remedy for bronchitis. One can take a teaspoonful of haldi mixed in a glass of milk in the night for relief. Haldi is more effective if taken on an empty stomach. The juice of vasa is also an excellent remedy for bronchitis. One can take it twice or thrice daily. Ginger juice and honey mixed in a cup of warm water is also good for easy expectoration of phlegm. One can also mix equal quantities of dried ginger, black pepper and long pepper with honey and take a teaspoonful thrice every day. Tulsi or holy basil is a great cure for bronchitis. Water boiled with tulsi leaves brings instant relief to a sore throat. One can use this water for gargling too. In case of a congested throat khadiradi vati gives effective relief, due to catechu that helps relieve congestion. Ayurvedic medicines Shringyadi churna, kaphaketu, kaphachintamani, sitopaladi churna, pravala pisthi, rasa sindur, talisadi churna, haridra khand and vasarishta are a few effective Ayurvedic medicines for bronchitis. What else? Protection from cold is key. Cold water and winds should be avoided. Use warm water for bathing, wear warm clothes and avoid excess humidity, dust and allergic pollen. Heavy physical exercises should also be avoided. Stay away from cold foods like curd and sour substances, fruits like bananas and guavas, and from alcohol and tobacco. Also, one should eat foods that are easy to digest. Lots of leafy vegetables will give one the vitamins and mineral required to fight bronchitis. One can also opt for Ayurvedic therapies like Vamana and Virechana to treat bronchitis.
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Ayurvedic Treatment For Allergic Bronchitis!

Dr. Mayur Surana 90% (545 ratings)
MD, DYA, PGDCR
Ayurveda, Nashik
Ayurvedic Treatment For Allergic Bronchitis!
A respiratory disorder, the inflammation of the lining in the bronchial tubes, which are responsible for carrying air to and from your lungs is known as bronchitis. Allergic bronchitis is a disorder that develops, if you have severe allergies which result in a bronchial immune system reaction. Allergic Bronchitis requires medical diagnosis by your healthcare provider who can differentiate the allergic form of bronchitis from the normal form of bronchitis by searching for other symptoms related to the allergy. Allergic bronchitis often occurs due to seasonal allergies, making it an acute condition. If you are suffering from lingering bronchitis issues caused due to allergies, an allergy test is recommended so that the doctor can accurately assess the condition. The symptoms of allergic bronchitis are similar to the regular form bronchitis. Only difference is that the symptoms are triggered by allergies. Some of the symptoms are given below: Cough which may form mucus Body aches and breathlessness Headaches, blocked nose and sinuses Fever with chills Wheezing Over the years, Ayurvedic practitioners have prepared and prescribed a number of remedies that can address the issue of allergic bronchitis. Some of the Ayurvedic remedies are listed below: Below listed remedies should be taken 3 times in a day for quick relief. 2 grams of Shringyadi Churna should be taken along with 100 mg of Kaphachintamani and Kaphaketu. Talisadi churna should be mixed with honey and ginger juice. 2 grams of Sitopaladi Churna should be mixed with 200 mg of Praval Pisthi as well as 100 mg of Rasa Sindur. Haridra khand (one spoon) should be taken along with a cup of warm milk. Other natural remedies, according to Ayurveda include: Haldi (turmeric powder) mixed with a glass of milk Juice of Vasa Tulsi (Basil leaves ground to make a juice) Equal quantity of black pepper, dried ginger and long pepper (piper longum) mixed with honey

Childhood Diseases and their Homeopathic Management

Dr. Chhavi Bansal 90% (1036 ratings)
Diploma in Diet and Nutrition, M.Sc - Psychology, BHMS
Homeopath, Delhi
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Hi, I am Dr Chavvi Bansal. And I am practising homoeopathy in Homeopathy and wellness, Pitampura. Today I would like to discuss Homeopathy and the various childhood diseases and Impact of homoeopathy in various childhood infections. As we know that children are more disposed to infections and they develop diseases readily because they have low immunity and they are more prone to infections. Homeopathy treatment works on the same and it boosts the child's immunity, not to take these infections and fight with them effectively. Commonly found childhood diseases are respiratory diseases are tonsillitis, prolonged bronchitis, prolonged cough, constipation, diarrhoea and gas problems. Children are also more prone to eczema and hives. Bedwetting is also one of the most common childhood diseases, but we have a good homoeopathic treatment for all such diseases. Coming to the homoeopathic management. Homeopathic medicines are not just mild and safe but also boosts the child's immunity. So, it basically makes the body immunity strong, so not to take infections or fight them effectively. Also, Children are very soft. Giving them hard medicines will not only affect them in a negative way but also hamper their growth. Hence, it is always advised to give them a homoeopathic treatment. Homeopathy has given wonderful results on children diseases. It has also been found to increase the child's immunity to its best. It also helps to prevent surgery for adenoids and tonsillitis. For more queries related to such problems, please feel free to contact me through Lybrate.
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How Ayurveda Helps Treat Allergic Bronchitis?

Dr. Krishna Kumar 87% (141 ratings)
BAMS, PG Dip (Medical Education), (FAGE) Fellow of Academy of General Education, MBA (Healthcare)
Ayurveda, Bangalore
How Ayurveda Helps Treat Allergic Bronchitis?
A respiratory disorder, the inflammation of the lining in the bronchial tubes, which are responsible for carrying air to and from your lungs is known as bronchitis. Allergic bronchitis is a disorder that develops, if you have severe allergies which result in a bronchial immune system reaction. Allergic Bronchitis requires medical diagnosis by your healthcare provider who can differentiate the allergic form of bronchitis from the normal form of bronchitis by searching for other symptoms related to the allergy. Allergic bronchitis often occurs due to seasonal allergies, making it an acute condition. If you are suffering from lingering bronchitis issues caused due to allergies, an allergy test is recommended so that the doctor can accurately assess the condition. The symptoms of allergic bronchitis are similar to the regular form bronchitis. Only difference is that the symptoms are triggered by allergies. Some of the symptoms are given below: Cough which may form mucus Body aches and breathlessness Headaches, blocked nose and sinuses Fever with chills Wheezing Over the years, Ayurvedic practitioners have prepared and prescribed a number of remedies that can address the issue of allergic bronchitis. Some of the Ayurvedic remedies are listed below: Below listed remedies should be taken 3 times in a day for quick relief. 2 grams of Shringyadi Churna should be taken along with 100 mg of Kaphachintamani and Kaphaketu. Talisadi churna should be mixed with honey and ginger juice. 2 grams of Sitopaladi Churna should be mixed with 200 mg of Praval Pisthi as well as 100 mg of Rasa Sindur. Haridra khand (one spoon) should be taken along with a cup of warm milk. Other natural remedies, according to Ayurveda include: Haldi (turmeric powder) mixed with a glass of milk Juice of Vasa Tulsi (Basil leaves ground to make a juice) Equal quantity of black pepper, dried ginger and long pepper (piper longum) mixed with honey
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Popular Questions & Answers

Can Ayurveda cure bronchitis completely? I am 30 and suffering from bronchitis. I am very much prone to throat infection, allergic cough and cold. Please suggest any Ayurvedic medicine which can cure it completely. I stay near Bhubaneswar. So, if possible, can suggest any good Ayurvedic doctor nearby. Thanks.

Dr. L.A Dongarwar 91% (92 ratings)
MD - Ayurveda
Ayurveda, Thane
I think your case is not properly diagnosed. To rule out the allergic problem, please go for "allergy test" Any allergy specialist may carry out this report, to inquire then we will get proper line of treatment. Avoid to stay near costal region. If possible for you stay in dry and hot atmosphere. For time being start following treatment 1). Sitopaladi churna 2-2 gms 4 times a day while mixing with Honey. 2) Kanakasava 20_20 ml by Morning and night.

Can homeopathy cure bronchitis completely? I am 30 years male, and suffering from bronchitis. I am very much prone to throat infection, allergic cough and cold. Please suggest any homeopathy medicine which can cure it completely. I stay near Bhubaneswar. So, if possible, can suggest any good homeopath doctor nearby. Thanks.

Dr. Radha Reddy 90% (81 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Chennai
Bronchitis is chronic inflammation of the bronchial tubes causing cough, pain, mucus at times. Mostly, the cause for this inflammation is allergic. Allergy is a state where the body's immune system is very sensitive and reacts to every small stimuli. In case of bronchitis, it is the respiratory system that is very sensitive and hence the symptoms. Homeopathic treatment for chronic disorders aim at improving the immune response and thereby providing relief. Each patient needs a thorough case analysis and if possible face to face. So if possible, advise to visit a good Homeopathic Physician near by. If not, please revert back and I will send you a case information sheet and I will send you med after that.
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Treatment for allergic bronchitis. Having stroke of coughing occasionally with white sputum .sometimes it is too powerful that I vomit. I am not asthmatic.

Dr. Sandhya Krishnamurthy 94% (10220 ratings)
BAMS
Ayurveda, Bangalore
Hi, Take tab. Swasakuthara Ras 1 tab 3-4 times a day and Bresol syrup 2 tsf 3 -5 times per day and Swasatone Lehya 1 tsf twice daily followed by a glass of milk. Avoid sweets, oil fried food, cold and refrigerated food, bakery food and chats. Keep your body well covered with warm clothing.
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Hi I am suffering with asthma bronchitis, and also bp of 135/90 always. I had done an echocardiography, ecg which shows normal resort, my right arm always have numbness, low pain, does it means any heart problem to me or other problem. I am feeling breathlessness, fatigue and some time dizziness. Pls suggest me what should I do, my docs. Tell me that you have no heart problem at all, but I am afraid of it. Pls advice me.

Dr. Ambadi Kumar 88% (686 ratings)
MD, Fellowship in Intergrative Medicine, MBBS
Integrated Medicine Specialist, Kochi
Change your diet change your lifestyle Hypertension is a completely reversible disease with no medication just with lifestyle changes and dietary changes. Detailed medical history, dietary history as well as the test results needed to advice you stop all dairy products cut down animal proteins Take a consult for specific advice There is no need to panic Remember You cannot fix your health without fixing your diet.
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My wife is a patient of asthmatic bronchitis. On 6th of may she suffered attack of dyspnea/hypoxia and was hospitalized. She was discharged recently and is on oxygen level 1-2. How to improve her lungs function to enable her to breathe naturally. On oxygen intake she shows 95 on oxymeter and without it she shows 85. Her pulse ranges from 95-110. Kindly advice.

Dr. Mool Chand Gupta 90% (32379 ratings)
MD PULMONARY, DTCD
Pulmonologist, Faridabad
Reduce weight. Search for some other cause of breathlessness as in asthma after proper treatment of attack, oxygen returns to normal and in most cases do not require oxygen supplimentation
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