Bronchitis is a lung inflammation that comes after having a common cold or as a serious side effect of smoking. If the bronchi transporting the air inside the lungs get inflamed, the airways will narrow and will start to produce more mucus that will eventually block the respiratory tract. Coughing is the way our body tries to get rid of this mucus, so we can be able to breath properly. The main symptoms of bronchitis are cough, phlegm, and tiredness, but there are also others like mild fever, heavy breathing and chest pain. Acute bronchitis comes three or four days after a common cold or flu. In the beginning will manifest through dry cough, and after few days the cough will be productive. The majority of people get rid of acute bronchitis in 2-3 weeks, but the cough can last more. This form of bronchitis is more frequent during winter, and 9 out of 10 cases are caused by a virus. Moreover, irritants like tobacco smoke, chemicals in cleaning products, or dust, can trigger acute bronchitis. Chronic bronchitis is mostly caused by smoking, but also by dust exposure and toxic gases. You can be diagnosed with chronic bronchitis if you experience phlegm cough at least three months per year, for two years in a row. This is a serious health problem that makes the lungs the perfect environment for bacterial infection.
Homemade syrup for acute bronchitis
The carrot is excellent for treating bronchitis, thanks to the vitamin A, an antioxidant that helps the growth of healthy tissues. Carrots also have vitamin E and potassium, which maintains the body cells hydrated. Therefore, a homemade carrot syrup is excellent if you want to get rid of bronchitis. You will only need two cups of fresh carrot juice and one cup brown sugar. Put the two ingredients in a pan on medium heat and keep it until it gets thick, like a syrup. The resulted hot syrup will then be transferred in a jar and kept in a dark, dry place. Take one spoon three times daily and you will notice your coughing improving in a short time.
Acute bronchitis can be easily treated with home remedies, but if you suspect a chronic bronchitis is necessary to visit a doctor for an x-ray – the only way to diagnose this form of bronchitis. Also, if you cough with blood, have temperature higher than 38°C and you are coughing for more than four weeks, you should see a doctor.