Bronchitis & Coughs

Bronchitis & Coughs

Coughing is the body's method of clearing the airways of obstructions. It is often a symptom of respiratory infections such as winter ills & chills 

Symptoms

  • Productive or 'wet' coughs involving the removal of phlegm from the throat or lungs
  • Non-productive or 'dry' coughs
  • Throat may feel tender and raw from repeated bouts of coughing that irritate the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract
  • Symptoms may be accompanied by sore throat, Fatigue, runny nose or nasal congestion, fever, aches and pains

Causes

  • Acute airway obstructions by food particles, mucus or inhaled substances (e.g. dust, cigarette smoke or occupational hazards)
  • Coughs are a common symptom of colds and flu , which are viral infections. Bronchitis can occur if a secondary bacterial infection develops and spreads to the chest

Nutritional & Herbal Support

  • Echinacea has been scientifically proven to enhance Immunity, and may help reduce the severity of symptoms and duration of infections. It is specifically indicated for individuals suffering from repeated bouts of colds and flu, bronchitis, Sinusitis and other respiratory infections
  • Elderberries contain anthocyanins which have been shown to be potent antioxidants and may help reduce the duration and symptomatic relief of colds and flu.
  • Zinc is involved in many aspects of Immunity, and inadequate intake may lower resistance to infection. Supplementation may be particularly beneficial for the health of seniors, because the ability to absorb zinc declines with age
  • If you are susceptible to recurrent respiratory tract infections, take a multivitamin that's been specially formulated with herbs, vitamins and minerals to promote immune support. Look for a product combining a broad spectrum of nutrients with immune-boosting herbs such as Astragalus, Lingustrum, Echinacea, and Reishi mushroom

Diet & Lifestyle advice

  • Symptoms that persist for longer than a week, are recurrent, or are accompanied by chest pain, weight loss, shortness of breath, or Fatigue may be indicative of underlying disease, and require medical investigation
  • Get plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and their juices. This will ensure you are getting plenty of vitamin C, betacarotene (some of which is converted into vitamin A in the body) and bioflavonoids
  • Many natural therapists encourage those who suffer from bronchitis to avoid dairy products, believing that they encourage the airways to produce mucus. Even though this advice is controversial, it's worthwhile trying; many sufferers report that avoiding dairy foods helps manage their symptoms
  • Steam inhalations or the use of a humidifier can help break up respiratory mucus and make it easier to expel; eucalyptus oil enhances the effects of the steam
  • Keep warm, and avoid moving suddenly from a warm environment to a cold one
  • Avoid dust, fumes and cigarette smoke, and always use appropriate protection if you are exposed to airborne pollutants at home or work
  • Practicing good hygiene helps prevent the spread of infection. Wash your hands carefully, always cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and dispose of used tissues thoughtfully

If symptoms persist consult your healthcare professional. Information provided is of a general nature and should not replace that of your healthcare professional.

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