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Treating Acute Bronchitis at Home

By Rickey Henolap

Acute bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes of the lungs. The bronchi are airway passages in the lungs that form a tree-like system, each getting narrower as they descend into the lungs. Acute bronchitis is usually caused by a viral infection that inflames these passages, causing them to narrow and secrete mucus. Common viruses that can cause acute bronchitis are the rhinovirus, respiratory syncytial virus, and influenza. Symptoms are often a loose productive cough, a runny nose, nasal congestion and a sore throat. Antibiotics are generally not effective in treating acute bronchitis.

There are several natural products, herbal teas and syrups that can be of some help if the bronchitis fever is mild too. The herbal preparations for treating a mild case of bronchitis fever are too many to name here but they contain things like peppermint to open up nasal passages and help chest congestion, eucalyptus for chest and nasal congestion, preparations with this are generally for the vaporizer steam or chest rubs. Things like willow bark in pill form for a fever reducer but if you are under 16 or allergic to asprin you need to avoid it.

Good handwashing is key to preventing most diseases and anyone who has acute bronchitis or comes in contact with someone who has it should use this as their first line of defense. Experts recommend washing your hands with soap and warm water for a least 15 seconds before and after coming in contact with a person who is ill. This is about the time it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" twice.

There are two different types of coughs associated with bronchitis. If you have a lot of congestion you may have a wet cough; with this type of cough, while uncomfortable, is necessary to get any mucous and liquid out of your lungs. Humidity is very effective bronchitis treatment, it helps to break up the mucous, making it easier to get it out of your lungs. Try standing under a hot, steamy shower for ten to fifteen minutes. Make sure you dry yourself and wrap up good when you get out. A vaporizer, either steam or cool mist, placed in your bedroom at night will help you to sleep better too. Put some eucalyptus oil in the vaporizer as an expectorant to help get rid of the phlegm in your chest.

There are many natural solutions to this problem that you can try. The first thing you should do is to try to loosen up the thickened mucous by drinking lots of water to stay hydrated. Next, you may want to turn on a humidifier in your bedroom to keep your airways moist. You can use natural anti-viral products such as oil of oregano or garlic. If you use oregano, one of the best products is Oreganol by North American Herb & Spice. You can eat one clove of crushed garlic three times a day if you wish to try that method. According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, you may be able to assist your immune system in fighting off upper respiratory illnesses by drinking baking soda. He advises that if you drink one fourth of a teaspoon in cool water several times a day it may cure your illness. You can find complete details at www.mercola.com.

There is also a product you can try called BRONVIL. This is an all natural preparation, made for bronchitis fever, it does not contain drugs, and it helps with many of the symptoms of bronchitis fever like soothing coughs, it is an immune system strengthener so you feel better quickly, it has nature's defense against viruses attacking the lungs, and it has anti inflammatory properties to soothe the irritated bronchial tubes and lungs. For more information on BRONVIL go to http//bronvil.com

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