Are you suffering from common cold? Is it been months you haven’t got relief from your cough? Do you feel irritation and swelling in your throat? If these are the symptoms you diagnose yourself with then you may need to take it seriously as get it checked by a specialist. You doctor may diagnose you with the medical condition – Bronchitis.
People generally get confused with bronchitis and common cold. A common cold usually stays for three to four days; however Bronchitis if not diagnosed at an early stage can lead to a permanent medical condition. Bronchitis is a lung disease that causes irritation in your air sacs and makes it difficult for you to breathe. There are two types of bronchitis which are severe in varying degrees. Let’s find out about its symptoms and How To Treat Bronchitis.
Types Of Bronchitis
A person if diagnosed with bronchitis may have either of the two:
• Chronic bronchitis
• Acute bronchitis
A more severe lung condition, chronic bronchitis results in excess secretion of the mucus in the air sacs along with a persistent cough that produces mucus for more than three months and comes back year after year. While diagnosing chronic bronchitis, the doctor first rules out the possibility of having some of the similar symptom disease like cancer, tuberculosis, lung disease or heart disease.
Regular smoking or inhaling pollutants in the air may cause chronic bronchitis or it may be a result of few acute bronchitis attacks. Also known as smoker’s cough, if this medical condition becomes constant then it may thicken your bronchial lining making it difficult for the person to breathe. However, people who are suffering from constant cough but have no other respiratory infections should be checked for the likelihood chances of having postnasal drip, gatroesophageal reflux or asthma.
Acute bronchitis is a very common viral lung infection which is unresponsive to the antibiotics. However, when a person comes for the diagnosis of this medical condition, they are prescribed with antibiotics. It is not easy to diagnose bronchitis as people usually misunderstand it as a common cold. However, this condition along with a severe cold can lead to flu or start with no infection at al all. It can be a result of smoking, bacterial or viral infections or inhaling the air pollutants. In some cases acute bronchitis is a result of flu or severe cold which can be treated by over the counter drugs.
How To Treat Bronchitis?
Acute bronchitis may be treated with over the counter drugs or drinking lots of fluids. However chronic bronchitis which is a series of acute bronchitis or inhaling contaminated air or smoking heavily is a more serious medical condition which needs professional medical attention.
• It is proven that people who smoke heavily or consumes marijuana suffers from chronic bronchitis. If you have a habit of smoking and no other factor can be diagnosed for the cause of bronchitis, the first step towards its treatment is to stop smoking.
• To improve this condition, you doctor may prescribe you with some medications that will open up the blocked air sacs and the obstructive mucus to let it easily flow out of your system thereby giving you space to breathe. The doctor may advise you to keep a steam vaporizer which could help you ease the chest congestion.
Some people may also be diagnosed with Asthmatic Bronchitis which also involves clogging of the respiratory tract or the air sacs. The normal mucus production from the bronchial tubes usually covers the lungs, trachea and other organs of the respiratory system. This overproduced mucus in the presence of smoke, irritants or air pollutants blocks the air sacs making it difficult for the person to breathe. Some people may come across a few of these asthmatic bronchitis symptoms like shortness of breath, wheezing, chest discomfort, fatigue, pain, weight loss, etc and some are diagnosed with more severe symptoms. Patients of asthmatic bronchitis are advised to stay clear of the dust, smoke, air pollutants or any other irritants that may irk up the air sacs and causes breathing problems.
With these helpful treatments one may overcome the pain and irritations of persistent cold know as bronchitis.