Common colds are normal. But when they are accompanied by coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest pains then you may be suffering from a lower tract respiratory infection called bronchitis. The disease causes the mucus lining of your bronchial tubes to become inflamed and full of mucus. It sounds scary, but it is treatable.
Most people will feel better within days after taking over the counter medicines although a cough can continue for several weeks. But our main fear is that the disease may never go away completely. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can treat this disease. Here are some tips on how to cure bronchitis permanently.
Use Herbal and Natural Remedies and Eat Spicy Foods
Some herbs are said to have properties that help in soothing the inflamed mucous membrane. They include the bark of the wild cherry tree and licorice root. Most health food stores sell these herbs although as liquid extracts or in powder form. Additionally, you can try some natural remedies such as ginger roots which contain anti-inflammatory properties that soothe the inflamed mucous membranes. Boil slices of ginger root and add lemon and honey to the mixture. Also, some spices are able to cure bronchitis. For instance, hot chili peppers which contain capsaicin that helps to thin the mucus hence ease congestion. And also other spices like hot mustard, cayenne pepper and horseradish have proven to be effective.
Try Some Supplements and Lifestyle Changes
Supplements help to thin and loosen the mucus. They also help to strengthen the immune system and help you fight bacteria and viruses. Some supplements also contain antioxidant properties that help in reducing inflammation. Examples of such supplements include r-lipoic acid, Arcozon and N-acetyl cysteine. Ensure that you get the right dosage and prescription from your doctor before using them. Some lifestyle habits such as smoking and neglecting vitamin C and D in our diets, can also bring bronchitis. Making some small lifestyle changes can come a long way in ensuring that we get rid of this illness for good. For example, trying not to smoke. Smoke is your worst enemy when it comes to treating bronchitis, and unless you are an addict, it won’t be difficult for you to quit this habit. Also, we should try some prevention methods like wearing a proper mask or respirator to filter the impurities in the air if you work in a dusty or polluted environment.
Other Things to Consider
Get Enough Rest. As it is with any other disease, rest is your ticket to healing. Adequate sleep helps us to maintain a healthy immune system. So if we have this illness and we are always working without rest, then it will be hard for our bodies to fight it off. Also, you should drink a lot of water. When you are fighting a fever, you are probably dehydrated. But you need water to make mucus thin so that it becomes easier to expel. Doctors will recommend patients with bronchitis to drink extra fluids in general. But water is the best fluid. Hydration improves your overall health ensure that the water is warm.