Bronchitis symptoms such as cough are accompanied by yellowish-green sputum, mild fever and malaise, often resemble the flu so it difficult to set a proper diagnosis.
What is bronchitis?
It is an inflammation of the bronchial and mucous membranes of the respiratory tract caused by viruses or bacteria. This disease is not life threatening, but it is necessary to go to the doctor for diagnose and appropriate therapy. Acute bronchitis is especially prevalent in winter due to continued fever, colds and other upper respiratory tract infections which are not well treated. There are many other pathogens such as allergies. Bronchitis in children is also very common as well as in smokers – smoking bronchitis, and if it is left untreated, it can take a chronic form and cause greater complications for your health in general.
Symptoms of bronchitis
Acute disease characterized by a strong cough and yellowish sputum is usually accompanied by the following symptoms: chills, weakness, fatigue, fever of 37.2 degrees, chest pain, back pain and muscle pain. At the beginning there is cough without mucus, but during the next few days there is yellowish and tough sputum. If sputum is purulent, chances are that you are dealing with bacterial bronchitis. Viral bronchitis is most often caused by adenovirus that can fully mimic a bacterial infection (cough can take up to several weeks, sputum is yellow and thick). In some patients, there may be a strong glowing pain behind the chest wall, which is especially unpleasant during coughing. These bronchitis symptoms usually subside for several days after therapy, in some cases it persist up to several weeks.
This disease is very common with the youngest population, experts believe that bronchitis occurs in 1/4 babies in the first year, in the first 3 years of life it affects nearly 40% of children, and at school almost every second child has it. Bronchitis symptoms in children often go unnoticed, because young children usually swallow secretions and parents don’t have the opportunity to see its color.
One of the most common consequence and complication of untreated bronchitis is pneumonia. Use of antibiotics is required in such cases. Young people usually can get rid of it in 7 days, while healing in the elderly population is a lot slower, and these people are often hospitalized.
This form of the disease is caused by smoking and air pollution (diesel particulate, smog, dust, industrial gases). Apart from constant cough, chronic bronchitis is accompanied by shortness of breath. Chronic inflammation leads to a more or less permanent narrowing of the airways, which can never completely heal. In the most severe cases, a person can become invalid due to inability to perform everyday activities.
Treatment for bronchitis
So you wonder how to cure bronchitis? There is no unique answer because viral and bacterial inflammation cannot be treated in the same manner. For bacterial bronchitis doctors prescribe antibiotics while in the viral infection they are not adequate. Act pre-emptively and increase your chances for fast recovery. For the treatment of bronchitis you need to increase fluid intake – best choice is tea sweetened with honey. Ventilation of the area where you are staying is important, and keep in mind that healthy diet strengthens the body and prevents further decline in immunity. if you use the therapy in the right way, acute bronchitis can be cured relatively fast without any major consequences.
Why is important to choose the right food? When the body fights with viruses and bacteria it needs its strength, but this does not mean that the food should be “heavy”, because such foods are difficult to digest and can take away your energy. During the treatment you must avoid sugar, meat products and eggs, primarily dairy products because they encourage mucus. A diet for strong immune system is recommended, for example: fresh fruit and vegetables, millet, brown rice, oats, ground flax seeds, sesame and pumpkin seeds, almonds, honey, dried fruits, teas, freshly squeezed juices, etc.
With this massage you can significantly alleviate symptoms of bronchitis:
Rub a few drops of clove oil on the chest area, three times a day. In a case of acute and chronic bronchitis, massage the chest area with a tablespoon of almond oil mixed with three drops of hyssop oil, every day.
Hot food against bronchitis
Hot food reduces swelling of mucous membranes in the airways and helps to remove substances that irritate tissue. You can use: chili peppers, garlic and onion, radish, mustard, horseradish, pepper and other hot spices. If you are a smoker or you suffering from chronic bronchitis, eat spicy food at least three times a week.
Natural remedies for bronchitis
Horseradish and honey
First on the list of plants that can treat bronchitis is horseradish. It is known that horseradish has been used since the middle ages as a therapeutic tool in the fight against many diseases. Because it stimulates digestion and acts as a diuretic, it should be used more often in the diet during winter.
On cold days, when the chances of infections of the respiratory system are increased, horseradish can be a great ally in the fight against bronchitis, pneumonia and flu. It contains glucosinolates, compounds that dilute thick secretions and facilitate their ejection, and they are responsible for the distinctive taste of horseradish.
Some studies have shown that horseradish contains significant amounts of glucosinolates, and that increases the resistance of the human body to cancer. If you have any of these problems, create a homemade remedy of horseradish and honey.
- Two cups of honey
- Half a cup of grated ginger
- Half a cup of grated horseradish
- Combine two cups of honey, half a cup of grated ginger and half a cup of grated horseradish.
- Let the mixture sit for two weeks, and then eat one tablespoon a day each morning. If you don’t like the taste, put one teaspoon of the mixture in tea and drink it afterwards.
Carrot juice cocktail
Bronchitis symptoms can be defeated with this remarkable juice. You can prepare it on your own.
- 3 dl of carrot juice
- 1 dl of cucumber juice
- 1 dl of beetroot juice
Also excellent cocktail that helps with inflammation of the bronchi can be made from 2.5 dl of carrot juice and 2 dl of celery juice.
Onions are superb for healing cough. They have been used since ancient times in traditional medicine. Thanks to its oil which gives it the characteristic odor, it dissolves phlegm and it acts against bacteria and facilitates expectoration in patients. If you experience early symptoms of bronchitis, just inhaling onion fumes can help you, and it is much more effective if you eat it raw.
- Wash and clean one large onion and make cuts in a form of a cross, 1 cm deep.
- Pour 0.5 liter of water into a pot and add the onion.
- Boil on low heat until half of the liquid evaporates.
- When water evaporates, strain the tea and let it sit for half an hour.
Drink this curative tea 3 times a day during the first week, 2 times a day in the next week, and once a day during the third week just before going to sleep.
Tea against cough
- Take one tablespoon of anise, thyme and marshmallow.
- Cook for 2 minutes in 3 dl of water.
- Remove from heat and allow to stand for 15 minutes, then strain.
- Add honey and lemon.
- Drink a cup after each meal during the day.
In addition to horseradish, primrose is also ben known as a remedy for coughing and bronchitis. It has most medicinal ingredients in its root. This herb is rich in vitamin C, and it relieves pain in the lungs and makes it easier to discharge mucus from the bronchi. Experienced herbalists emphasize that the most effective treatment of bronchitis is syrup, which is obtained from the roots of this plant.
Instead of syrup, you can make a tea.
- 10 g of evening primrose root
- 10 g of aniseed
- 10 g of chamomile
- 10 g of marshmallow leaf
- 20 g of licorice root
- 20 g of thyme
- Blend 10 grams of evening primrose root, aniseed, chamomile and marshmallow leaf and 20 grams of licorice root and thyme.
- Pour one tablespoon of this mixture into a cup of boiling water.
- Let it sit for 20 minutes, then strain and drink.
- You can drink up to three cups of this tea daily.
While you are sick you should rinse your throat and nose several times a day with saline. You can buy it at the pharmacy or make it at home, just be careful not to put too much salt in it, because it will cancel any positive effect. Salty water disinfects the mucous membrane and wash mucus that is collected in it and that clog the airways.
- 2 dl of warm water
- Teaspoon of sea salt
- Dissolve a teaspoon of sea salt in 2 dl of warm water.
We do not need to repeat how important it is to hydrate your body regularly, especially when you are sick. You need to increase your daily water intake at least for a quarter. Instead of water, you can drink naturally squeezed juices and teas. Especially, we recommended teas of marshmallow, wild oregano, nettle and parsley teas.
- Sweeten the tea with sugar and add a little lemon, since it is rich in vitamin C, which is particularly important for cleaning of the respiratory tract and mucous membrane regeneration.
Marshmallow root tea
This is an extremely efficient tea when it comes to the treatment of bronchitis.
- 1 tablespoon of chopped dried marshmallow root
- 300 ml of boiling water
- Put 1 tablespoon of marshmallow in a pot and pour boiling water over it. Let it sit for about 20 minutes, covered with a tray.
- After 20 minutes, strain it and tea should be divided into three equal amounts, which are three times per 100 milliliters.
- You should drink the first part in the morning after breakfast, the second part after lunch and the third part after dinner.
- This tea can be sweetened with honey (to taste).
- 50 g of dried and crushed nettle leaves
- 50 g of dried and ground nettle root
- 2 l of boiling water
- Put dried leaves and nettle root in two liters of boiling water, and then cook the mixture for five minutes.
- Let it cool down and rest for 4 hours.
- After four hours, just heat the amount you want to drink.
- Each time before drinking heat the tea first.
Onion, garlic and walnut tea
- 1 unpeeled onion, medium size
- 1 unpeeled garlic clove
- 1 walnut
- About half a liter of water
- Take the onion, wash it and make cuts in a form of a cross that are about 1 centimeter deep. Put the onion in half liter of water.
- Add one unpeeled, well washed garlic clove and one washed and crushed walnut with shell.
- Cook until the amount of water is halved.
- When half of the liquid evaporates, stop cooking and strain the tea. Then leave it for about half an hour to sit.
- After half an hour, strain the tea again and drink during the day from two to three times.
- You can drink this tea completely cooled.