Bronchitis is a medical condition characterized by disorders in the lungs caused due to an inflammation of the bronchial tubes. Bronchial tubes are the airways that connect the windpipe, also known as the trachea, to the lungs. Under normal conditions these linings produce mucus that provides protection to the respiratory organs and tissues that are involved in the breathing process. In case of bronchitis the passage of air through the bronchial tubes is disturbed thus causing breathing difficulties. Moreover, the irritability in the tissues of the lungs increases and the mucus is excessively produced. One of the most common symptoms of bronchitis is cough.
Changes in Your Voice
I sing the first soprano, but when this illness hits I can’t hit any high notes. I sound a lot more like a bass. This is a key sign that there’s something wrong with the lungs.
A deep cough
It may feel like a cough goes all the way down to your toes. It’s your body’s way of getting rid of the infection, by coughing it up.
Elephant on your Chest
There’s a heaviness, a pressure that sits on your chest, making it hard to breathe. I’ve often likened it to having an elephant on my chest.
You might expect a raging fever with an infection, but that is rarely the case, at least in the beginning. For the most part, it will probably be low grade, 99
Lots of Phlegm
Your cough is likely to be what is called “productive.” What is coughed up may be clear, but usually it isn’t. If it’s white and/or green, that is a sign that you’re dealing with an infection. There may also be blood in it.
The inability to get enough oxygen, due to the swelling, may make it hard for you to do anything physical. You’re likely to feel very fatigued and that you can’t quite catch your breath.
There are things you can do at home, but the first thing on your list should be to go and see your doctor. An infection of this sort could require antibiotics to prevent pneumonia.
A humidifier may be useful, and some of them come with a little area you can put vapour in. Breathing in the essential oil could help reduce the inflammation and stop a cough. While you add it, rub some on your chest, then wrap up warmly. This treatment can’t be used on children under two.
You know that you need to drink a lot of fluids when you’re ill, but it’s more important to this problem. Thick mucus is hard to cough up, and the extra fluids could help in this area.
Chicken soup and lots of garlic will be your friends here. Studies indicate that the soup actually does have some merit, and garlic is considered an antibiotic.
Bronchitis is never easy to live with. Some of these remedies may not be useful for the problem if it’s chronic, but they could help you with the temporary variety. Talk to your doctor and see what he or she recommends in your case.