Signs, Symptoms of Bronchitis

Hello Everyone, Today we are going to look into What Bronchitis Is And How Do You Get It? I’m sure you have heard the Term Bronchitis before? Have You ever suffered from it? This is something I have suffered from since my early 20s. For the most part, it only came about once or twice every couple of years, Fast forward 30 years and it is now 2/3 times a year.

Let’s Dive In and learn all about Bronchitis :

Contents

What Is Bronchitis
What Causes Bronchitis
The Symptoms
Complications
When To Visit The Doctor
Available Treatments For Bronchitis
My Final Thoughts

What Is Bronchitis

Bronchitis has two different Forms, Acute and Chronic.

Acute is the most common one.

Chronic is the more serious of the two.

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the lining of your bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from the lungs. People who have bronchitis usually have a long-lasting cough and will bring up thickened mucus, which can either be White, Yellow, or Green. Sometimes it can also contain blood.

Acute bronchitis is often called a chest cold, the mucus being coughed up usually improves within a week to 10 days without lasting effects, although the cough may linger for weeks or even months.

If you have lots of episodes of bronchitis, then it may be considered to be chronic bronchitis, this type requires medical attention. Chronic bronchitis is one of the conditions included in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Another thing to be aware of with Bronchitis is that it is contagious. There have been many debates on how long it is contagious. The majority agree that it is for at least 7 days. Can also be for as long as you are coughing.

 

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What Causes Bronchitis

Acute bronchitis is generally caused by a virus, typically the same one that causes colds and flu (influenza). Antibiotics are ineffective against viruses, so this type of medication isn’t useful in most cases of bronchitis. Although if the sputum you cough up is green Antibiotics will be given to you because this suggests an infection as well.

The virus is contained in the droplets that come out of the nose and mouth when someone coughs or sneezes.

These droplets typically spread about 3 feet (1m). They hang suspended in the air for a while, these then drop onto surfaces, where the virus can live for up to 24 hours. It is important to cough and sneeze in a tissue and throw it away immediately.

The most common cause of chronic bronchitis is cigarette smoking, whether that be tobacco or vaping. Air pollution and dust or toxic gases in the environment or workplace can also contribute to the condition.

The Symptoms

These can apply to Both Acute and Chronic.

  1. Hacking Cough
  2. Coughing up Phlegm (Sputum)
  3. Sore Throat
  4. Pain in The chest.
  5. You may feel breathless
  6. Very Tired/fatigued
  7. possible chills and slight fever.

If you are suffering from acute bronchitis, you might have symptoms that feel like a cold, such as a mild headache or body aches, and a runny nose. While these symptoms usually improve in 7 days, the cough can stay around for several weeks. The constant coughing is usually what makes you feel so tired.

Chronic bronchitis is defined as a productive cough, this means you cough up phlegm, this can last for at least three months, with recurring bouts occurring for at least two consecutive years.

If you have chronic bronchitis, you are likely to have periods when your cough and other symptoms worsen. At those times, you may have an acute infection on top of chronic bronchitis.

 

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Complications

Although a single episode of bronchitis normally isn’t a cause for concern, it can lead to pneumonia in some people. I had Bronchial Pneumonia earlier this year it lasted for 3 months and it was exhausting. Repeated bouts of bronchitis or emphysema, can mean that you have the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This normally affects people who are 40 or older.

When To Visit The Doctor

If you have bronchitis, it can be treated with plenty of fluids rest, and also anti-inflammatory drugs.

Visit the doctor if you have any of these symptoms :

  • The cough lasts for longer than 3 weeks and if you cannot stop coughing once you start.
  • If you develop a temperature that lasts longer than a few days and doesn’t go down after taking paracetamol
  • if you cough up blood with the Mucus
  • If you keep getting breathless
  • If you have a heart or lung condition
  • If bronchitis keeps coming back

There is no cure for chronic bronchitis, all you can do is change the way you do things in life. Stop smoking, exercise regularly, eat healthily, rest as often as you can and stay hydrated.

Another important reason to visit the doctor is, bronchitis if left untreated can easily turn in Pneumonia, it can be as quick as in 1-2 days. This is a far more serious condition and can have complications that can lead to death. Pneumonia is inflammation of the tissue in the lungs, the infection spreads farther and it causes the tiny air sacs inside the lungs to fill up with fluid. It is normally caused by a bacterial infection. There are different types of Pneumonia.

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Available Treatments For Bronchitis

You can be given an inhaler that has steroids in it, these open up the airways so you can breathe easier. There are also medicines that can thin the mucus and make it easier to bring it up called Mucolytics. Cough medicine doesn’t usually help with this. One thing I use is honey and lemon because it soothes the throat and helps to lessen the cough.

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Essential Oils

Eucalyptus oil is another great way of opening the airways, it can be used in several ways. Pour a few drops into a bowl of boiling water, place your head over the bowl, cover yourself with a towel, and breathe in the steam. Do this a couple of times a day until you stop coughing up Mucus.

The Eucalyptus oil can also be rubbed into the skin of the chest back and neck, the benefit is it contains antibacterial and antiseptic properties.

Rosemary oil can also be used, mix it with a little olive oil and rub it into the chest area, it will help to stop you from coughing by easing the congestion. It also has antioxidant properties.

Supplements, Vitamin C is the most recommended supplement for colds, flu, and bronchitis. N-acetylcysteine is an amino acid that has been used in the effective treatment of bronchitis for many years.

My Final Thoughts

If you are like a lot of people who read blogs and skip to the end, here are the vital points for you.

Bronchitis is contagious, always cough into a tissue and dispose of it immediately. Bronchitis can turn into Pneumonia or emphysema if left untreated, these can lead to death. Make sure you visit the doctor if you have any of the symptoms above.

As, an alternative to pharmaceutical medications that often have unwanted side effects. Try a more natural remedy such as essential oils or tried and trusted supplements. You can find some examples above by clicking the links highlighted in Blue.

Have you ever suffered from any of the conditions in this post? If you have I would love to hear from you about what you did to get better.

I wish to thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to read this article. If, you have a question or a comment then please feel free to leave it below. I love to hear from you all and I will get back to you.

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Take great care of yourself because you are worth it.

Lisa.

Please speak to a doctor before taking supplements of any kind. Everyone is different and what works well for one may not necessarily work for another.

This post is not intended to diagnose or treat you in any way. It’s for information purposes only. I’m not a medical professional.

 

 

 

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