Thursday, November 10, 2011

Bronchitis An Infection of Air Passages

> Bronchitis is an inflammation of the lower airways. It occurs when the trachea and bronchi, located between the lungs become inflamed because of infection or some other cause.

Bronchitis Symptoms include:
* Cough with mucus, sometimes bloody. If the mucus is yellow-green bronchitis and is accompanied by fever, chances are you have a bacterial infection.
* Inflammation of the bronchi (branches of the airways between the trachea and lungs)
* Swelling (edema) of the bronchial walls.
* Obstruction of the alveoli.
* Beeps or wheezing.
* Bubbling (relative to that seen sound effect when listening to the patient with a stethoscope)
* Shortness of breath.
* Malaise

In chronic bronchitis, may also present the following:
* Ankle, feet and legs.
* Bluish colored lips caused by low blood oxygen levels.
* Prone to respiratory infections, like colds and flu.

Bronchitis Treatment:
Vitamin C is nature's protective nutrient, essential for defending the body against pollution and infection and enhances the body’s immune system.

Beta Carotene protects the mucus membranes of the mouth, nose, throat and lungs. It also helps protect Vitamin C from oxidation, which enables it to perform at optimum efficiency.

Vitamin E protects the lung tissue against pollutants and inhaled aid in immune system functioning.

Pantothenic Acid to be very helpful against the symptoms of bronchitis. It is another form of nontoxic B vitamins

Glucosamine is an anti-inflammatory and may give some relief of symptoms of bronchitis.

Taking antioxidants such a Vitamin A reduces the risk of bronchitis. Vitamin A is stored in the liver and fat cells of the human body and can reach toxic levels. Do not take more than the recommended dosage of vitamin A.

Related Diseases:
Swelling of the lower airways, the bronchioles is called bronchiolitis, and is a very common viral infection in young children. In 5% of cases, bronchiolitis can be caused by bacteria.

Chronic bronchitis is a clinical manifestation of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Another manifestation of COPD is emphysema.

Important Notice: Always consult your doctor before using any medication and information on treatment for bronchitis and bronchial asthma treatment.