BRONCHITIS - SYMPTOMS, SIGNS, CAUSES & REMEDIES OF BRONCHITIS
Bronchitis (pronounced: brahn- kite -uss) is an inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes , the airways that connect the trachea (windpipe) to the lungs. Bronchitis is a condition which is clinically defined as a chronic cough with mucus production This infection is caused because of a certain type of bacteria or virus. In most cases of bronchitis, the larynx, traches and bronchial tubes are acutely inflamed. When a person has bronchitis, it may be harder for air to pass in and out of the lungs than it normally would, the tissues become irritated and more mucus is produced.
Types of Bronchitis
There are two types of Bronchitis:-
1) Acute Bronchitis :- An acute medical condition comes on quickly and can cause severe symptoms, but it lasts only a short time (no longer than a few weeks). If you smoke or are around damaging fumes (such as those in certain kinds of factories), you are more likely to get acute bronchitis and to have it longer. Infection by certain bacteria can also cause acute bronchitis. Most people have acute bronchitis at some point in their lives
Symptoms of Acute Bronchitis :
How long it will last?
It last for one to three weeks. Relief comes on its own in healthy person.
When to consult the doctor?
2) Chronic Bronchitis :- A clear bronchi will help serve easy passage for the air. Due to constant beats of cold and chest infection, the bronchi is narrowed leading to Chronic Bronchitis. Chronic bronchitis, can be mild to severe and is longer lasting - from several months to years. With chronic bronchitis, the bronchial tubes continue to be inflamed (red and swollen), irritated, and produce excessive mucus over time. Chronic bronchitis is caused most often by exposure to airborne pollutants such as smoke, excessive dust in the air, or chemicals. Cigarette smoking is the most common cause of chronic bronchitis. Tobacco smoke is the cause of more than 80% of all cases of chronic bronchitis. People who smoke also have a much harder time recovering from acute bronchitis and other respiratory infections.
Symptoms of Chronic Bronchitis:
When to consult doctor?
Home remedies of Bronchities
A few tips on prevention of Bronchitis:-
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