Chronic bronchitis is described as an inflammation of the bronchi in the respiratory system. Some of the symptoms include shortness of breath, coughing upon waking, and expectoration of mucus. The condition is considered ‘chronic’ when it persists for at least 3 months per year, for two or more years. Although there is no medically recognized cure for chronic bronchitis, there are various treatments that can be effective.
Different inhalants may be prescribed to reduce the inflammation of the bronchi, and allow for easier breathing. There are also over the counter expectorants individuals suffering from chronic bronchitis often take to help reduce the amount of mucus in their system. Antibiotics may also be prescribed to help fight infection in the upper respiratory system. When other treatments are found to not be effective, corticosteroids are often used.
Treatment of bronchitis should start with quitting smoking, and reducing amounts of air born irritants in your home and workplace. It is also recommended that individuals suffering from chronic bronchitis try to take better care of themselves overall. This includes a healthy diet along with daily exercise. Good health practices are always recommend, and anyone suffering from chronic bronchitis should consider taking the following suggestions:
Drink the Recommended Amount Of Water Daily
Drinking at least eight glasses of water daily will thin out the mucus that is in your system. This makes the mucus easier to cough up, and helps with easier breathing. Avoid dairy products because they may lead to excessive mucus production.
Avoid Cough Suppressants
When you cough up mucus, it means your body is trying to remove the mucus from your system. Coughing up excess mucus is good for your body and should not be discouraged using cough suppressants. Also avoid decongestants and antihistamines because these remove the mucus from your system, drying out your airways. When the mucus returns it will be thicker, worsening the symptoms in the long run.
Irritants in the air can worsen your condition. Avoid breathing in any dangerous chemicals or vapors. Also avoid dust and air pollution to prevent your condition from worsening.
Use Humidifiers And Vaporizers
Vaporizers and humidifiers are great for helping you breath easier, and keep the air passages moist, helping the mucus to thin out. If you are experiencing shortness of breath, a hot shower or bath may also help moisten the passageways and relieve the symptoms.