Bronchitis is the inflammation of the larger airways in your lungs (bronchi) usually caused by an infection from a virus. It is a form of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Usually, acute bronchitis is not serious, but if it isn’t treated properly it can develop into pneumonia. In this article, we’ll dive into how to identify if you have bronchitis and what treatments are best for you.
What is Bronchitis?
Bronchitis occurs when the lining of the bronchial tubes become infected, causing inflammation. These tubes are the main airways are responsible for carrying oxygen to your lungs. When inflamed or irritated, these airways will produce more mucus than usual which causes our body to cough in order to attempt to shift the extra mucus. The virus can be spread by airborne respiratory droplets (coughs or sneezes), saliva (kissing or shared drinks), skin-to-skin contact (handshakes or hugs) or by touching a contaminated surface.
How do I know if I have Bronchitis?
Symptoms can include:
- A hacking cough
- Production of clear, white, yellow-grey, or greenish mucus (phlegm).
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
- Aches and pain
If you suspect you may have bronchitis, you should seek confirmation from a medical professional.
What types of treatment are available for Bronchitis?
There can be different treatment options depending on the type of bronchitis you have. Acute bronchitis is the temporary inflammation of the airways from a viral infection, causing a cough and chest congestion. It usually lasts up to 3 weeks and comes after a common cold, sore throat, or the flu. Chronic bronchitis is the repeated bouts of bronchitis over years and an extended recovery period of up to three months. It is often linked to smoking. Treatments usually includes soothing remedies to help with coughing, which may last weeks. If you are a smoker or are frequently around lung irritants like smoke, dust or fumes, it is advised to remove yourself from these habits or environments to give your lungs the best chance at self-healing from bronchitis.
Depending on the severity of your case, you may be able to self-treat it with throat lozenges, warm liquids and lung clearing devices to aid the removal of congestion. If your condition worsens, you should consider nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, cough medicines or pain relievers.
What is the best treatment for me?
A medical professional will be able to help diagnose the severity of your symptoms and discuss the best treatment options for your personal case if unsure. However, majority of bronchitis cases are usually self-treatable and recovery can be heavily aided by how quickly the excess mucus can be removed from the airways.
A popular all-natural, drug-free treatment is the use of an OPEP device. This small, hand-held tool helps open up clogged airways and expel any unwanted mucus, to widen constricted airways and improve the flow of oxygen to the lungs.
The Turboforte Lung Physio is an all-natural OPEP device and does not require a prescription that can help excel the treatment and recovery from bronchitis. As you exhale through the device, a metal ball bearing in the cap is forced to move up and down by the positive pressure of your breath, sending vibrations through your lips and down into your airways. These vibrations paired with the positive pressure can loosen phlegm, clear airways, and exercise your lungs. Just 5-10 minutes, twice a day will expel the mucus from your lungs in no time and strengthen your airways in recovery.
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While Turboforte is a drug-free, all-natural way to help and can be used in conjunction with your usual treatment regime, always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional with any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition. Never disregard the advice of a medical professional, or delay in seeking it because of something you have read that contradicts your doctor’s personal advice.