Acute bronchitis is a disease that is commonly found because it is easily spread through the air. It is passed airborne by a person with the disease through something as simple as sneezing or coughing. The symptoms are usually not discovered and seen until about 2-3 days after the actual infection has occurred in the respiratory passage. And unfortunately, the symptoms may continue to occur until 2-3 weeks after the initial infection.
This column will inform you about acute bronchitis symptoms, how the infection occurs, and possible and suggested treatments both in home and in the physician's clinic.
Symptoms and Causes of Acute Bronchitis
There are 2 main types of bronchitis. The chronic bronchitis which has symptoms that lasts for long periods of time ranged from a few months to many years. The other kind is acute bronchitis, with symptoms that has a much shorter time span (around 90 days). We will talk about the acute bronchitis for this column.
Bronchitis occurs when viruses attack and damage the lining of the respiratory organ called bronchial tree. The injury then develops into an infection, and so the acute bronchitis process begins.
Here are the main symptoms that can be found in a person with this kind of disease:
– Often starts out as a common cold or as a "regular" flu
– The clearest evidence that the sickness has already evolved into acute bronchitis is the slowly-appearing presence of chest cough; the cough most probably will contain yellow or green-colored mucus
– Other symptoms that may also appear include decreasing stamina, shortness of breath, increased stress levels, "on and off" fever, mild sinusitis, sore throat, and just an overall feeling of "tiredness" and no energy
– Due to the chest coughs, there may also be chest pains, tightness and difficulty in breathing
Diagnosis and Treatment
Due to the many symptoms that it shares with many other diseases and conditions, acute bronchitis is a little tricky to diagnose. Multiple tests may be required, including CBC, other blood tests, and possibly even sputum culture and chest x-rays to really get deeper and analyze the disease more, and hopefully rule out the possibly of the more dangerous pneumonia.
The best treatment policy is always the natural way. Lots and lots of rest, home medicine, alternative medicine that does not contain toxic chemicals, steam-inhalation, consuming large volumes of water or liquids that are not caffeinated or carbonized. For those that can afford it, having air humidifiers or air filters around the house can help a great deal in filtering the virus in the air.
For the cough, you can easily take cough-suppressants, non-inflammatory and hypoallergenic drugs for the sinus and other symptoms.
There are so much more treatments and relief-medicine, all you have to do is open your mind and research for other ways apart from the "accepted" process.