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- Bronchitis is a respiratory disease that inflames or swells the bronchi.
- Bronchitis makes breathing difficult and causes a persistent cough.
- Smokers have a high risk of bronchitis.
New Delhi: The changing weather, at least, brings many colds and sneezes. With winters rapidly approaching, keep listening to someone or another cough in the office, the subway, home, in the streets, usually everywhere. Sometimes we do not even realize that we are coughing and many times it could cause inflammation of the bronchial tubes, known as bronchitis.
But what is bronchitis? Bronchitis is basically a respiratory disease that leads to inflammation of the bronchi (bronchi). These tubes are responsible for the passage of air between the nose, mouth and lungs. People who suffer from this disease have difficulty breathing since the air cannot reach the lungs. It can be caused by viruses, bacteria, contaminants and other irritants.
Smokers have a high risk of getting bronchitis. This is because cigarettes contain innumerable irritants that inflame the bronchi, which leads to the production of excess mucus.
- Persistent cough, dry cough
- Sore throat
- Trouble breathing, trouble breathing
- Capped nose and sinuses
- Body pain
- Low fever and chills
Bronchitis can be acute or chronic. Acute bronchitis can be treated at home and lasts up to three weeks. However, in chronic cases, a visit to the doctor is recommended.
Studies have found evidence that ginger contains properties that relieve inflammation in the bronchi. It can be taken in several ways: it can be chewed or added to vegetables while cooking. Ginger tea is also a good option.
In addition, pregnant or nursing women should avoid eating ginger. Diabetics, heart patients or patients with blood disorders should also avoid this remedy.
Garlic has innumerable healing properties and a 2016 study found that it can be a remedy for a bronchial virus. Fresh garlic is the best if you chew it in its purest form.
If one has a bleeding disorder, garlic should be consumed carefully. In addition, garlic should be eaten in small amounts, otherwise it could cause stomach upset.
3. Drink liquids
Bronchitis is a respiratory infection and doctors advise patients to increase fluid intake. This is because the body becomes dehydrated due to runny nose, diarrhea, fever and rapid breathing.
Higher fluid intake will lead to a reduction in mucus thickness, loosen the nasal mucus and moisten the throat. Liquids can be taken in the form of water, juice, soup and herbal tea.
In addition, beverages with caffeine should be avoided.
4) Saunth (dry ginger), Kali Mirch (black pepper) and pipli (Long Aji)
Saunth and pipli have anti-inflammatory properties that can help inflamed bronchi. Black pepper helps fight nasal congestion. In a report, Ayurvedic expert BN Sinha suggests mixing all the above elements in powder form, together with honey and drinking the mixture three times a day for instant results.
5. Honey and lemon.
Hot tea composed of honey and lemon is a proven remedy to treat sore throat and dry cough. Not only is it healthy, but it also provides the fluids discussed earlier in this article.
6. Giloy juice
The benefits of giloy leaves have been mentioned in Ayurveda treatment for centuries. It relieves the throat and decreases the inflammation present in the bronchi. Drinking giloy juice twice a day will relieve bronchitis.
Turmeric is another ingredient that helps during bronchitis. In one study, it was discovered that this Indian spice contains more anti-inflammatory elements than ginger. Turmeric also has antioxidants that make it a necessity during bronchitis.
Those who have stomach or gallbladder problems, blood disorders, hormone-sensitive conditions, iron deficiency should avoid turmeric. In addition, pregnant women should not take turmeric in large quantities.
8. Gargle with salt and water
Gargling with salt and hot water helps break up the mucus and reduces pain in the throat. You should add a teaspoon of salt in a glass of hot or warm water. After stirring the combination, the solution should be placed on the back of the throat. Do not swallow the water and spill the water with the head witnessing skies and mouth open. Repeat this exercise several times and then you can rinse your mouth with normal water.
9) Sarso ka tel (mustard oil) massage
A mustard oil massage provides relief to a rigid chest. It also relieves congestion in the lungs.
10. Sleep, sleep, sleep!
Research has shown that if you face bronchitis, adequate rest can stimulate the immune system and aid in recovery. Sleep repairs damaged tissues, creates new tissues and provides energy.
While sleeping, use more pillows, as it will keep your head in a higher position and eliminate mucus from the chest and help you breathe.
Although in most cases, bronchitis can be treated at home. But there are some cases in which a visit to the doctor is recommended. These cases are:
- When the fever lasts 3 days or more.
- When the cough continues for more than 3 weeks.
- If the mucus comes out with blood
- Feeling sleepy or confused
- Patients with heart or lung conditions.
- Rapid breathing or chest pain
- If bronchitis has hit back
Apart from these home remedies, avoiding smoking is a good way to avoid bronchitis. It is a change of lifestyle, but a healthy life requires leaving unhealthy habits.
Disclaimer: The advice and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or dietitian before beginning any fitness program or making changes to your diet.