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Dealing With Bronchitis:
Overcoming Bronchitis And Its Health Effects
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Table Of Contents
Dealing With Bronchitis:__________________________________________________________1
Table Of Contents______________________________________________________3
Chapter 1: Bronchitis, Cough, Cough______________________________________6
Symptoms To Look For_____________________________________________________7
Is It Chronic Sinusitis?____________________________________________________________9
Is It Chronic Bronchitis?_________________________________________________________10
Chapter 2: The Causes Of Bronchitis______________________________________12
Causes Of Chronic Bronchitis_____________________________________________________13
Are You At Risk, Then?____________________________________________________14
Do You Need A Doctor?____________________________________________________16
Chapter 3: Seeking A Doctor’s Help For Bronchitis_________________________19
How Diagnosis Happens____________________________________________________19
Treatment Options From Your Doctor________________________________________21
Chapter 4: What Can Happen If You Don’t Get Treatment____________________24
When It Happens Often____________________________________________________25
Chapter 5: Chronic Bronchitis And Emphysema____________________________27
What Happens In Chronic Bronchitis?________________________________________28
It Doesn’t Happen Fast_____________________________________________________30
What’s Emphysema’s Story?________________________________________________31
Emphysema Doesn’t Happen Fast, Either_____________________________________33
Chapter 6: Surviving COPD And Its Effects On Your Life____________________34
Quality Of Life____________________________________________________________34
The Job OF Medications____________________________________________________35
Chapter 7: Pulmonary Rehabilitation_____________________________________39
What’s Included In Therapy?_______________________________________________40
What Can Pulmonary Rehabilitation Do?_____________________________________43
Chapter 8: The Lifestyle Changes That Are Necessary________________________463
What To Do___________________________________________________________________48
Improve Air Quality_______________________________________________________49
What To Do___________________________________________________________________49
To Alleviate Symptoms_____________________________________________________50
Chapter 9: Diet, Nutrition And Alternative Medication________________________53
What To Do___________________________________________________________________59
Additional Tools For Relief_________________________________________________60
Bronchitis is something you are likely to have in your lifetime at least once. Since it usually follows a cold or other respiratory condition, most people will develop it in the course of their lifetime.
Your chest is throbbing in pain. You are coughing and it hurts to do so. These are the first symptoms of bronchitis. Although it is a common condition that many face, for some it is even worse. That’s because for some people bronchitis is disabling and more frequent. If you fall in this category, then you are looking for a way to gain back your strength and to get your life back on track.
The good news is that you can do just that. Bronchitis doesn’t have to be a condition that you can’t shake. What it can be is a time for you to prove your self worth by pushing yourself to improve.
In this e-book, we’ll discuss what bronchitis is, what it can do to your health and how to keep it out of your life as much as possible. By learning this now you can protect yourself in the long term from what bronchitis can do to you.
Chapter 1: Bronchitis, Cough, Cough
Before you can actually deal with bronchitis, you need to know what it is and how it affects your body. Having an education in this information puts you at the forefront of spotting symptoms and taking action before you become ill further or even lessening the effect that bronchitis can have on your daily life.
Bronchitis happens in your lungs. In fact, it is a condition that affects the inner walls in your air passage ways of your lungs. There, bronchitis causes the lining to become infected and inflamed, causing you the symptoms of fevers, chills, coughing and a pain in your chest.
These are the symptoms of acute bronchitis, something that many people will get after they have had a respiratory infection. If that is what you have, then you may have symptoms that last a few days and perhaps a cough that lasts sometimes as long as three weeks. In general, though, this type of bronchitis does not last long as is not something that is severe.
On the other hand, bronchitis that comes back time and time again is something to be concerned about. Bronchitis can lead to more serious conditions such as emphysema, asthma or even chronic bronchitis. These need medical attention as soon as possible.
If you are someone that smokes, your chances of getting chronic bronchitis are often much more severe than those that are likely to get acute bronchitis. Later in this book, we will talk about chronic bronchitis and what it does to your body as well as your health. It’s important to realize the difference between these conditions though.
Symptoms To Look For
The symptoms of bronchitis really are a tell tale sign of having the condition. If you have any of these symptoms, you should seek the help of your family doctor as soon as possible.
The main sign of this condition is that of a yellow/gray or even green colored mucus that comes up when you are coughing. This mucus is called sputum. The mucus should be a sign to you that something is wrong, especially with this type of coloring.
Your body produces and needs mucus because it helps to keep your body hydrated. But, when you notice it, then there is a problem.
That’s because the mucus has built up which is a sign of an infection. Normally, this mucus just slides down your throat when you swallow your saliva. When there is too much of it, though, it becomes necessary for your body to remove it in another way, in this case, coughing it up.
With bronchitis, your airways have become inflamed and when that happens they produce a large amount of discolored mucus. The coloring of the mucus should signal to you that you have an infection someplace in your air passage ways.
Although this mucus is a sign that you are suffering from bronchitis it doesn’t always have to be there. Sometimes it is swallowed (especially by children who are suffering from bronchitis) and therefore it is not noticed as often.
In addition, some people don’t have a large accumulation of the product in their throats and therefore do not cough it up. For this reason, you should realize that you can have bronchitis without having any mucus.
There are additional signs that you should pay attention to in order to tell if you have bronchitis. Remember, if you
suffer from them contact your doctor to talk to him about your condition as soon as possible.
Additional symptoms of bronchitis can include any or all of these symptoms and signs as well:
- A pain in your chest that makes you feel constricted
- A burning sensation in your chest, soreness there
- A sore throat
- The feeling of not being able to catch your breath