Bronchitis is a condition that refers to inflamed and infected bronchial tubes which makes breathing difficult. The air passageways choke due to the infection which reduces the ability to draw air and oxygen, leading to further inflammation. Constant coughing, wheezing and chest tightening or pain can point at the presence of bronchitis.
HOW IS BRONCHITIS DIAGNOSED?
A pulmonology specialist can diagnose the condition with the help of an X ray as well as lab tests and pulmonary lung function tests. Also, in many cases a physical examination with a stethoscope helps in diagnosis.
HOW IS BRONCHITIS TREATED?
Bed rest and supportive care, such as reducing coughing, are the main treatments for bronchitis. Ayurvedic and homeopathic medications can also be used to treat bronchitis. Antibiotics can be prescribed to patients with wheezing.
DID YOU KNOW?
Patients with asthma, pneumonia, allergies, common cold, and sinusitis or gastroesophageal reflux disease can also present with symptoms similar to those of bronchitis. Therefore, an accurate diagnosis is very important in treating the condition.