Sometimes you may have a cold or flu that runs its course in a couple weeks, but then there is bronchitis. Bronchitis is a harsh reality for most of us during the winter months. So, in this article we will cover a basic overview of what bronchitis is. Talk about what forms of bronchitis treatment that are available, including preventative treatments.
The bronchial system can be compared to a bush or a tree. The main tubes in your lungs that the air flows through are called bronchi. Branching off from the bronchi are smaller tubes called bronchioles. When these tubes become inflamed it causes airways to narrow, constrict and block off causing shortness of breath. There are two main types of bronchitis that frequently occur. The first being acute, which will last six weeks or less. The chronic type is more serious with frequent recurring episodes that last for more than two years.
Symptoms of both types of bronchitis include…
• Acute bronchitis. Symptoms include shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing. Lasts for a few weeks and is usually viral or bacterial in nature.
• Chronic bronchitis. Symptoms include coughing, wheezing and constant phlegm production. Smokers are prone to this type as well as those who have suffered lung damage. Long term with re occurring episodes.
Unfortunately with both types, as your body fights off germs, your bronchial tubes swell and make more phlegm. This is why it is so important to know and understand the different forms of treatment that are available to provide bronchitis relief or prevent acute bronchitis episodes.
Treatment advice for acute bronchitis will usually include home remedies. Drink plenty of fluids, get plenty of rest, and take acetaminophen for pain and fever are the most common pieces of advice.
Treatments available for chronic bronchitis are always prescribed by a medical professional. Inhaled bronchodilators, inhaled or oral steroids, supplemental oxygen, and yearly flu vaccinations and pneumococcal vaccinations are common.
Both types can benefit from environmental and preventative treatments like home salt therapy to greatly reduce the likelihood of a bronchial episode from happening. The Saltair – Home Salt Therapy device works by releasing tiny microscopic particles of salt into the air over an 8 hour period while you sleep. As the salt aerosol is inhaled, the inflammation in the bronchial tubes eases allowing for clear breathing. These inhalable particles of salt help clear the mucus, fight pathogens, reduce inflammation, and naturally ease your symptoms while boosting your respiratory immune system over time. Saltair device can help speed up recovery by acting inside of the respiratory system and outside, on air you breathe. The negatively charged particles of salt neutralize the airborne irritants, allergens, viruses, bacteria and fungi.
Home salt therapy can act not only to treat the common symptoms and causes of bronchitis, but can also act as a preventative agent in your environment for those at risk for contracting bronchitis.