Bronchitis - Symptoms, Treatments, Homeopathic Remedies
Using Homeopathy for Bronchitis, Lung Infection and Coughing
Bronchitis, an inflammation of the lungs' air passages (the trachea/windpipe and the bronchi/airways), can be either acute or chronic. Swollen, irritated mucous linings induce severe coughing to rid the lungs of the excess fluids produced by the infection. Acute bronchitis - which is usually caused by a virus, though bacteria can also be the source - often develops during the head cold and flu season as an offshoot of upper respiratory infections such as a sinus infection. Irritating fumes and other lung irritants are another culprit, so that cigarette smokers for example are more prone to catching bronchitis. Both children and adults can contract bronchitis, but the elderly are especially vulnerable.
Bronchitis is among the five most common reasons for people seeking health care. Over 11 million people are diagnosed with chronic bronchitis each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the number of bronchitis deaths annually is approximately 740, but other data indicate the figure is above 1,000.
Symptoms of bronchitis include coughing (either dry or productive) and wheezing; vigorous, persistent coughing sometimes induces muscle soreness in the chest and abdomen. The infection also might be accompanied by fever or chills, sore throat, and nasal congestion.
Bronchitis is termed chronic when it persists for more than three months (though such a threshold is of course somewhat arbitrary). Chronic bronchitis often occurs in conjunction with emphysema, and together the two diseases are called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Chronic bronchitis usually features a sputum-producing cough and tightness in the chest because of the obstruction of the air passages. For smokers, one highly effective way to help heal chronic bronchitis is by quitting.
Conventional Treatment Treats the Symptoms Not the Cause
Treatment for bronchitis often consists of letting nature take its course; most cases of bronchitis will clear up on their own if patients treat themselves sensibly - i.e., by resting, hydrating, and avoiding alcohol. Cough suppressants can offer relief but prevent the body from recovering quickly because coughing is a way for the body to naturally heal. Many cough suppressants have been recalled for young children because of their inherent danger. A vaporizer or humidifier offer more natural relief with no side effects.
Doctors sometimes prescribe cough medications, or inhalers with albuterol for wheezing. If a patient runs a persistent fever for more than several days, an office visit to rule out pneumonia is advised; at that point physicians usually will take a chest x-ray. A doctor's visit is indicated if any of the malady's symptoms become very severe or the patient develops difficulty breathing. The prescription of antibiotics is rare for this primarily virus-generated condition, although sometimes doctors feel pressured into doing so by patients' expectations.
Bronchitis should be treated wisely, particularly as long-lasting infections can turn into lifelong lung problems. It can be a very uncomfortable disorder, and good lung health is a prerequisite for overall well-being. Homeopathy offers an especially effective approach to this affliction. A skilled homeopathic practitioner will select an individualized remedy based on numerous factors pertaining to the client's overall health and habits, and the exact nature of the bronchitic attack. When the right homeopathic remedy is administered, it will reduce the symptoms' intensity and frequency.
Homeopathy Matches Your Individual Symptoms to a Homeopathic Remedy So You Feel Better Right Away
Common homeopathic remedies for bronchitis include: Aconite [Acon], Belladonna [Bell], Bryonia [Bry], Phosphorus [Phos], Mercurius [Merc], Antimonium tartaricum Ant-t], Sulphur [Sulph], and Carbo vegetabilis [Carb.v]. Selection is determined by a multitude of factors, such as how advanced the infection is, the nature of the cough, whether a head cold was present, and more.