Prevention of Acute Bronchitis
In order to function normally and productively you should maintain a healthy body by preventing illness from becoming worse. There are millions of people suffering from different respiratory illnesses, from ordinary asthma to more serious respiratory disorders. It is important to know that the respiratory system is one of the most vital parts of your body that needs to be taken care of in order to live normally and productively.
However there are some people who are more prone to respiratory illness like tobacco smokers and those people living in areas where there is high level of air pollution. Bronchitis is a common respiratory illness that can affect these people. It is a condition where the bronchi of the bronchial tree in the lungs are inflamed. If you are one of those affected people, you should educate yourself on how to prevent bronchitis.
There are two types of bronchitis, acute and chronic bronchitis. Acute bronchitis lasts for 10 to 12 days. It is mainly caused by a virus or bacteria and in some cases it may come from fungus. People suffering from acute bronchitis have the following symptoms, constant coughing with mucus, excessive fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain, low fever, vibration felt when breathing, and sometimes a cold feeling.
The virus that causes acute bronchitis is the same virus that leads to the common cold. Usually there are no special medications for acute bronchitis when it is caused by a virus, all you need to do is take plenty of rest and fluids and avoid drinks with caffeine and alcohol. However if acute bronchitis is caused by bacterial infection it is recommended to take antibiotics and use other preventive treatments like humidifiers for the patient's room.
Acute bronchitis is closely associated with the flu or cold, coughing will usually continue during the healing process of the bronchi of the lungs, however if the coughing becomes persistent for more than a month, consulting your doctor is recommended to identify conditions other than bronchitis that may cause coughing.
Chronic bronchitis on the other hand is a more serious condition than acute bronchitis, where it can last up to three months to years and has more associated complications and needs more intense medical attention.
Prevention is better than a cure. You do not have to suffer from illness when you know how to prevent it. Bronchitis can be prevented by washing your hands thoroughly and frequently, quitting smoking if you are a smoker and if you are living in a polluted area using an air conditioner and filters in your house are recommended to be able to breathe clean air.
Bronchitis causes discomforts in patient's life, that is why it is important to become aware of the signs and symptoms of this illness to determine if you already have this condition, or if it is time to consult your doctor. Bronchitis is a preventable illness, establishing proper hygiene inside your house and taking care of your health may help you avoid this condition.