Bronchitis is a disease that can affect the lungs, but usually only the respiratory system is the one affected. There are two types of bronchitis: acute and chronic bronchitis. Both of them can be treated at home, but the chronic bronchitis poses a little more problems than the acute type.
As it is an illness that affects the respiratory system, here are some tricks to make your breathing a little easier if suffering from bronchitis. Drinking a lot of fluids every day can help you very much. Fluids can help in keeping the mucus very thin, therefor easy to cough up. The best thing to drink in such conditions is water. Sugar products or dairy's are better to be avoided, because they have a tendency to weaken your immune system and even produce more mucus.
Another useful trick is not to take any pills that suppress your cough. When you have acute bronchitis and you cough, mucus is brought up together with your cough, and believe it or not this is a good thing. If you take cough suppressants, mucus can buildup and cause serious complications, like pneumonia. Another medication that must not be taken is antihistamines. Instead of making you feel better, they can do a lot of damage. These medication dry your airways and cause the phlegm to thicken up, which can make your condition even worse than before.
Using a vaporizer or a humidifier is a very good idea. These help your airways stay moist. A worm bath can also do you very good. Another trick is to stay away from any things that can irritate your respiratory system, such as chemicals, paint, dust, and so on.
If your symptoms get worse after a couple of days, the smart thing to do is see a doctor.
Now, let me answer you a question that I believe it is in everyone's mind: what is the difference between bronchitis and pneumonia. Well, they are both respiratory diseases, but there are lots of differences between them. To better understand this, let us talk about each one of them.
First pneumonia: this is a very serious infection that takes place in the lungs. The alveoli, that usually help make the exchange of the oxygen in your lungs, get filled with pus, or other liquids. As you can imagine this is very bad because you then suffer from a lack of oxygen that together with the spread of the infection from the lungs can cause death.
Bronchitis does not affect the lungs, but the passage that carry the air from the trachea to the lungs. These airways can get inflated of irritated, but they either get better on their own or with treatment. This condition is not a life threatening one, although it may have some serious complications.