Home Remedies For Bronchitis

Home Remedies For Bronchitis

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  1. If after having a cold or the flu that has run its course you have a sudden onset of coughing that won’t go away, and it produces phlegm, you probably have developed acute bronchitis. It is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes – the part of the lungs that allow you to breathe in air. Acute bronchitis is almost always caused by a virus, similar to the cold or flu, so antibiotics from your doctor will not help to fight this. Usually, you just have to ride it out and in a week or so it will pass.

    Chronic bronchitis

    There is another form called chronic bronchitis that is an ongoing, productive cough that typically afflicts smokers and those workers exposed to environmental hazards such as coal miners. According to ehealthMD, chronic bronchitis affects 14 million people in America, primarily women over 40 who live in the southern United States. It is a serious, ongoing medical condition so check with your doctor about other treatments.

    Five things you can do

    Whichever type of bronchitis that is ailing you, it doesn’t mean that you have to lie in bed and be miserable. Here, are some tried-and-true things that you can do to make yourself feel better:

    1. Vicks VapoRub – One of the old-fashioned remedies that your grandmother used, and it still works. By applying liberally to the chest and throat area, the camphor, and menthol can help to relieve cough and congestion symptoms.
    2. Drink plenty of fluids – It doesn’t matter have to be water, any type of liquid will do: juice, tea, or soft drinks. It will soothe your throat and help you to stay hydrated. Put in a little lemon, as well.  Just be careful about too much caffeine, it can act as a diuretic.
    3. Increase the humidity – Especially in the winter time since it is probably dry outside. You can do this one of several ways. The easiest and least expensive is to heat a large pot on the stove to a rolling boil and add several drops of eucalyptus oil.  Or, if your pocket book allows, go to the drug store and pick up a humidifier that will essentially do what the pot of boiling water does, just more efficiently. Another idea is to turn on the shower full-bore, close the bathroom door and breathe in the steam deeply.  By humidifying your environment, you will help to moisten the mucous membranes in your nose and throat, and help the phlegm to come out.
    4. Take Aspirin or Advil (Ibuprofen) – You will probably be feeling achy in the chest, so take an anti-inflammatory to help relieve the tightness and muscle soreness.   Tylenol (Acetaminophen) might not be as effective, as it doesn’t relieve inflammation. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns.
    5. Gargle with Warm Saltwater –Stir a tablespoon of good old table salt in some warm water and gargle. Make sure the water is not too hot so that you don’t inflame your sore throat. You can do this as often as you like, and it will certainly help.

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