Bronchitis – Overview
A simple reflex mechanism, such as a cough which is meant to clear the air passages, can turn into a troublesome disease like bronchitis if left unheeded.
Bronchitis is a respiratory disorder in which the tubes that carry air to the lungs are inflamed and irritated. This causes the inner lining of these tubes to swell and produce mucus, leading to a cough.
Bronchitis can be acute or chronic in nature, depending on the duration of the illness. Acute bronchitis mostly develops from a cold or other respiratory infections, whereas chronic bronchitis results from a more constant irritation of the bronchial tubes, often caused by smoking. Homeopathy can significantly help sufferers of both kinds of bronchitis, and can provide gentle treatment.
What is Bronchitis?
Cough, phlegm and wheeze… treat it with ease!
Inflammation/irritation of the tubes that carry air to the lungs is called bronchitis. As the inner lining of these tubes (bronchi) swells up, it grows thicker and starts to produce mucus. This results in the narrowing of the tubes, causing cough with the production of thick phlegm.
Bronchitis can be acute or chronic in nature. Acute bronchitis usually has a quick onset and recovers within a span of six weeks. Most cases recover without any problems, especially if the patient has been otherwise healthy prior to the attack.
Chronic bronchitis, on the other hand, tends to present as persistent cough with mucus on most days for three months of the year for at least two consecutive years. Chronic bronchitis is more serious in nature and requires long term treatment. In chronic bronchitis, the damage to the bronchi is more deep seated and frequently occurs on account of smoking.
Acute bronchitis tends to be very common amongst both children and adults, though the prevalence rates are higher in children younger than five years. Chronic bronchitis, on the other hand, is more common in people older than 40 years.