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Bronchitis – Overview

A simple reflex mechanism, such as a cough which is meant to clear the air passages, can turn into a troublesome disease like bronchitis if left unheeded.

Bronchitis is a respiratory disorder in which the tubes that carry air to the lungs are inflamed and irritated. This causes the inner lining of these tubes to swell and produce mucus, leading to a cough.

Bronchitis can be acute or chronic in nature, depending on the duration of the illness. Acute bronchitis mostly develops from a cold or other respiratory infections, whereas chronic bronchitis results from a more constant irritation of the bronchial tubes, often caused by smoking. Homeopathy can significantly help sufferers of both kinds of bronchitis, and can provide gentle and long-lasting treatment.

What is Bronchitis?

Cough, phlegm and wheeze… treat it with ease!

Inflammation/irritation of the tubes that carry air to the lungs is called bronchitis. As the inner lining of these tubes (bronchi) swells up, it grows thicker and starts to produce mucus. This results in the narrowing of the tubes, causing cough with the production of thick phlegm. Bronchitis can be acute or chronic in nature. Acute bronchitis usually has a quick onset and recovers within a span of six weeks. Most cases recover without any problems, especially if the patient has been otherwise healthy prior to the attack.

Chronic bronchitis, on the other hand, tends to present as persistent cough with mucus on most days for three months of the year for at least two consecutive years. Chronic bronchitis is more serious in nature and requires long term treatment. In chronic bronchitis, the damage to the bronchi is more deep seated and frequently occurs on account of smoking.

Acute bronchitis tends to be very common amongst both children and adults, though the prevalence rates are higher in children younger than five years. Chronic bronchitis, on the other hand, is more common in people older than 40 years.

Causes: Bronchitis is caused by the inflammation of the bronchial tubes, by viruses, bacteria, or other irritant particles. To know more about causes, Read more.

Symptoms: The symptoms of both acute and chronic bronchitis include cough, production of mucus, shortness of breath, low fever and chills, and chest discomfort. To know about other symptoms, Read more.

Diagnosis: Our doctors will do a physical exam and ask about your medical history and symptoms. The doctor may also order a blood test to look for signs of infection or a chest X-ray to see if your lungs and bronchial tubes look normal and rule out other health conditions. To know more about diagnosis, Read more.

Treatment approach at Dr Batra’s ™ :

Step 1: First Consultation – Our doctors will spend 30-45 minutes with you to understand the exact cause of bronchitis. We will take into account your medical history, whether you have recently suffered from a cold or flu, whether you smoke, and your work and home environment. Depending on all these factors, our doctors suggest customized homeopathic treatment that will help you cope with bronchitis.

Step 2: Medical Diagnosis – Our doctors will do a physical exam and ask about your medical history and symptoms. The doctor may also order a blood test to look for signs of infection or a chest X-ray to see if your lungs and bronchial tubes look normal and rule out other health conditions.

Step 3: Personalized Treatment - Natural homeopathic medicines are suggested based on the diagnosis made and extent of the condition.

Step 4: Advice on lifestyle – Our doctors will guide you on to how you can take better care of your health. The tips will help you manage the symptoms and help us achieve the desired treatment result for bronchitis. Read more.

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