Homeopathy for acute bronchitis in children
Acute bronchitis is an inflammation or soreness of the bronchi or the airways in the lungs usually due to a virusor bacteria. Bronchitis describes the inflammation of the bronchial tubes i.e. the tubes that carry air to the lungs which get inflamed and irritated, and in turn swells the tubes and produce symptoms of cough and phlegm and also shortness of breath. Acute bronchitis may last several days to weeks.
Expectorating cough, wheezing and shortness of breath is the most common symptoms indicating infection. It starts after 3 or 4 days of an upper respiratory tractinfection,sometimes chest pain, high fever, fatigue and malaise are also common.
Acute bronchitis is caused by a viruscalled ‘pathogens’, which are very contagious.Some of these are rhinovirus, influenza, respiratory syncytial virus. Bacteria are not so common cause but may also be responsible. Bacteria like Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Chlamydophilapneumoniae, Bordetella pertussis, streptococcus pneumoniae and haemophilus influenzae.
It can also be caused by chemicals, or air pollution, all of which can irritate the bronchial tubes.If a person is suffering from upper respiratory tract infection or flu then acute bronchitis occur often.
How Acute bronchitis can be diagnosed?
Simple physical examination for shortness of breath sounds, wheezing and prolonged expiration reveals the evidence of Acute bronchitis. Although most physicians rely upon the consistent presence of dry or wet cough as a positive evidence to Acute Bronchitis.
Following tests confirms the presence of this disease.
- Proper chest x-ray to determine hyperinflation.
- Sputum sample containing inflammatory white blood cells (neutrophil granulocytes) and culture confirming the presence of pathogenic microorganisms.
- Blood test indicating raised white blood cell count and elevated C-reactive protein.
Prevention and Cure
Smokers should quit smoking completely to recover fast and also to clear their lung of tar that has got deposited over time due to smoking.Taking precautions to prevent oneself from other air infections also helps reducing acute bronchitis.One should drink plenty of fluid and avoid taking any antibiotic medicine unless a microscopic examination of the sputum reveals large number of bacteria.