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Treating Acute Bronchitis At Home

By Rickey Henolap

Acute bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes of the lungs. The bronchi are airway passages in the lungs that form a tree-like system, each getting narrower as they descend into the lungs. Acute bronchitis is usually caused by a viral infection that inflames these passages, causing them to narrow and secrete mucus. Common viruses that can cause acute bronchitis are the rhinovirus, respiratory syncytial virus, and influenza. Symptoms are often a loose productive cough, a runny nose, nasal congestion and a sore throat. Antibiotics are generally not effective in treating acute bronchitis.

The two different kinds of bronchitis are chronic and acute bronchitis. Acute bronchitis develops usually after a cold or cough that has been in the body for some time and the body has not been able to fight it off or given enough rest to recover. The cough is accompanied by pain, weakness, fever, fatigue and headache. Bronchitis can progress to pneumonia if not treated. Chronic bronchitis lung is usually caused by tobacco, smoke or other irritants. It is a persistent condition that can lead to permanent lung damage. In both conditions it is common for the sufferer to cough up phlegmy discharges.

Chemicals used in the workplace are another bronchitis cause. If the patient must stay at a given job, a medical professional can prescribe medication to help him control the symptoms. Finding a job where the irritant is not encountered will also improve the condition, although changing careers is seldom a practical solution.

Other natural remedies for bronchitis fever are preparations with horehound, which is an herb for relieving mucous congestion, peppermint in combination with other dried herbs, or as a tea for the vapors that help congestion. Fenugreek is a natural mucous expulsion herb, garlic is used for it’s antibiotic properties. Goldenseal is used for it’s healing of the lining of your lungs and soothe the irritated lining.

Those suffering from acute bronchitis should drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration and to loosen up the secretions clogging their lungs, making them easier to expectorate. Placing a warm, but not damp, towel against one’s chest also helps loosen the phlegm, and placing a warm towel around the neck can provide some comfort for the sore throat that often accompanies acute bronchitis. Drinking warm tea with honey can also help.

Another natural remedy that is extremely effective for viral bronchitis is BRONOVIL. You can find more information about it at http://bronovil.com. It contains an herb called Pelargonium sidoides that helps stimulate the immune system. It has been shown to reduce mucous and prevent the viruses from sticking to the lung walls and spreading.

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