Bronchitis is a respiratory disease characterised by inflammation of the lining of bronchial tubes (airways) which carry air to the lungs.
Bronchitis may be acute or chronic:
Acute bronchitis is a shorter illness that commonly follows a cold or viral infection, such as the flu. It consists of a cough with mucus, chest discomfort or soreness, fever and sometimes shortness of breath. Acute bronchitis usually lasts a few days or weeks.
Chronic bronchitis is a serious, ongoing illness characterised by a persistent, mucus-producing cough that lasts longer than three months. People with chronic bronchitis have varying degrees of breathing difficulties and symptoms may get better and worse during different parts of the year. If chronic bronchitis occurs with emphysema, it may become chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Causes of acute bronchitis
Acute bronchitis is normally caused by viruses, typically those that also cause colds and flu.
It can also be caused by bacterial infection and exposure to substances that irritate the lungs, such as tobacco smoke, dust, fumes, vapors and air pollution.
Causes of chronic bronchitis
Chronic bronchitis is caused by repeated irritation and damage of the lung and airway tissue. Smoking is the most common causes of chronic bronchitis, with other causes including long-term exposure to air pollution, dust and fumes from the environment, and repeated episodes of acute bronchitis.
Signs and symptoms for both acute and chronic bronchitis include:
- Persistent cough, which may produce mucus
- Low fever and chills
- Chest tightening
- Sore throat
- Body aches
- Blocked nose and sinuses.
Homeopathic treatment is very strongly suggested during for all forms and stages of Bronchitis.
Homeopathy has proven treatment which helps towards:
- Relieving cough
- Controlling and treating the underlying tendency to catch cold and cough
- Improving immunity and general vitality
- Reducing the severity, frequency and duration in case of Recurrent bronchitis
- Helping allergic as well as infective cases of bronchitis