Understanding Acute Bronchitis, Signs and Treatment.
WHAT IS BRONCHITIS
This is an infection of the bronchi or tubes that carry air to the lungs.
It causes a noisy cough, often with mucus or phlegm. Bronchitis is
usually caused by a virus, so antibiotics do not generally help.
Use antibiotics only if the bronchitis lasts more than a week and is
not getting better, if the person shows signs of pneumonia, or if he
already has a chronic lung problem.
Occasionally roundworms may be responsible. Try giving mebendazole.
CAUSES OF CHRONIC BRONCHITIS
This is usually due to smoking, or to living in a very dusty places.
SIGNS OF BRONCHITIS
- Emphyserma is a very serious condition of the lungs and the damage
Done is permanent. A person with emphysema has a hard time breathing,
Especially with exercise. In some the chest becomes ‘big like a barrel’.
2. It occurs most frequently in older persons who have been heavy smokers,
And these are the ones most likely to develop emphysema if they continue
3. A cough with mucus that lasts for months or years. Sometimes the cough
gets worse, and there may be fever. A person who has this kind of cough,
but does not have another long time illness such as tuberculosis or asthma,
probably has chronic bronchitis.
- Stop smoking and try to avoid dusty environments.
2. Try an anti-asthma medicine with ephedrine or theophylline
3. Persons with chronic bronchitis should use ampicillin or tetracycline every time
They have a cold or ‘flu’ with a fever.
4. If the person has trouble coughing up sticky phlegm, have him breathe hot water
vapours and then help him with postural drainage.