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An Overview of Bronchitisfrom: Maxx Family Life
Bronchitis was first described and named in 1808 by Charles Bedham. This is a condition that had been affecting many people for many years. However, due to many new developments in the field of medicine, there are many more treatments available for Bronchitis.
This type of pulmonary disorder is especially common in children, but adults are also at risk. The highest risk factors include living in a city with high pollution cities and smoking. When your bronchi become inflamed, it's likely you have bronchitis, also known as an obstructive pulmonary illness or disorder.
Bronchitis can be divided into short-term or acute and long-term or chronic. What are the signs you may have bronchitis? The symptoms associated with Bronchitis include an expectorating cough, a mild fever, dyspnea, malaise and/or fatigue, chest pains, coldness and a vibrating chest.
Anyone of any age can come down with bronchitis, especially anyone who experiences frequent flus and colds. If you have a weak immune system, there's a higher risk of major complications such as asthmatic and chronic bronchitis, which makes you much more suseptible to also catching pneumonia.
As noted, bronchitis can be acute or chronic. Any responsible person should take note of the symptoms and be prepared if you or a family member displays any of these symptom so that immediate medical attention can be applied. This is one disorder where taking action during the early stages of the disease will help to avoid complications that could arise if left too long.
In many ways, acute bronchitis has similar symptoms to that of the flu, but lasts for a short term only. Anyone who gets a viral infection is often at risk to acute bronchitis. It should be noted that acute bronchitis is contagious, often staring with a dry cough that occurs at night. Within just a few days, the cough progresses and the victim may suffer from fatigue, fever as well as headache. The cough can hang on for several weeks, but for some people it can last for months since the healing process is quite slow in the bronchial tubes.
If you've had a cough for more than a month, consult with your doctor to refer you to an ENT expert who will determine if there's other causes of irritation. If you find that your bronchial tubes are constantly irritated, it might lead to an asthmatic condition.
If you have acute bronchitis, your passageways are constricted due to an infection caused by a virus or bacteria. If it's bacteria, an antibiotic regimen can provide a cure. Visiting your doctor will give you an accurate diagnosis because utilizing any medicine lacking a doctor's prescription could make the disorder worse.
If there's constant wheezing and cough present, this could mean you have acute bronchitis. If your bronchial tubes are constricted, you'll notice a wheezing sound whenever you breathe. This disorder should clear up within a few days, but it could also hang on for more than a week. Make sure you get plenty of rest and drink lots of liquides including juices or water.
A a simple home remedy is to place wet blankets and towels inside the house to increase humidity or just get yourself a humidifier. If you're a smokers with acute bronchitis, you've got one choice -- quit -- and this will help the condition to heal faster and not get worse.
Chronic Bronchitis is an ongoing condition that could last for months, or even years. Once of the major causes is environmental factors including exposure to smoke, fumes, odors, and dust which can all cause chronic bronchitis. There's no cure for chronic bronchitis which makes it imperative for anyone with this condition to avoid potential triggers while trying to make considerable changes to their environment. The key is identifing the 'triggers' which can be done with the help of your doctor.
Your doctor will perform several laboratory tests including a chest x-ray, a test for pulmonary function and blood gases in the arteries, plus a sputum culture, the same tests performed for those with acute bronchitis.
The only way to avoide chronic bronchitis is changing or eliminting such bad habits as smoking.
As with most health issues, maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle is critical. Preventive measures can be taken to avoid bronchitis or any other illness.
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