Symptoms of bronchitis are persistent cough, chest pains, tiredness, fevers, difficulty in breathing and mucus production. Usually the infection in the lungs clears up within weeks but if it persists or if there is blood in the mucus or if the disease is accompanied by bouts of very high fever or difficulty in breathing and sleeping, itís time to see a doctor immediately. Even if there is no blood, medical care is required to clear up the infections from the lungs and the bronchial tubes.
Causes of bronchitis
Acute bronchitis is a viral infection. At times it is also caused by a bacterial infection though itís not very common. Chronic bronchitis can occur due to repeated lung infections. Cigarette smoking is one of the chief causes of chronic bronchitis. Inhalation of polluted air due to the presence of toxic gases, industrial fumes or sulfur dioxide can also cause bronchitis.
Home Remedies for Bronchitis
Inhalation of steam helps clear phlegm and mucus from the bronchial tubes and lungs.
You can also add leaves of basil or a few cloves into the water when boiling and then use it for inhalation. Anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties of basil and cloves provide relief in bronchitis.
Ginger contains anti-inflammatory properties, which help clear mucus from lungs.
Drink a hot concoction of ginger mixed with some honey several times a day.
Boil water with ginger, basil leaves, black peppercorns and drink before bedtime.
You can chew on raw ginger pieces sprinkled with salt to find relief from bouts of cough.
Honey is packed with mineral and enzymes that help clear out infections from the body and reduce inflammations.
Mix honey with cinnamon powder and consume a few times a day until infection clears up.
Anti-inflammatory property of black pepper makes it an excellent home remedy for bronchitis.
Add powdered black pepper to herbal teas and concoctions and consume several times a day.
You can also make a hot concoction of black pepper, ginger, jaggery and basil leaves and drink at bedtime.
Antibacterial properties found in onion help in bronchial treatment.
You can also consume onion and honey together in a mixture and swallow it with water.
Further Prevention Tips:
If you are someone who suffers from chronic cold and cough or bronchitis, then take some preventive measures to keep infections at bay and strengthen your immune system.
Consume foods high in vitamin C. Daily intake of at least one type of citrus food can do wonders for your health.
Add peppers, onion, garlic, and ginger to everyday diet.
Wash your hands frequently with soap especially before meals.
If you smoke, quit smoking.
Use protective facial masks when the air pollution seems high.