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There are 3 things every living creature needs to survive; food, water and oxygen (carbon dioxide for plants, but that’s beside the point). Missing out on even one of these three important aspects could be fatal. It’s surprising isn’t it? Missing out on air for just a few minutes is all it takes. That’s why what follows below is so important for anyone suffering from bronchitis.

What is Bronchitis?

Often confused with asthma, bronchitis is actually an after effect of other respiratory illnesses. Whereas asthma is its own chronic respiratory issue. Bronchitis can be a miserable thing to have.

Not only does it restrict your breathing it also causes heavy phlegm and a feeling of slight to severe fatigue. Although bronchitis usually follows after a viral infection; its symptoms usually mimic those of a chest cold.

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How To Know When You Have Bronchitis?

You might ask yourself: If bronchitis mimics a chest cold how am I supposed to know when I have it? Well the answer to that question is much simpler then you might think. Simply set up an appointment with your doctor and allow them to examine you.

Bronchitis is actually fairly easy to detect as he doctor will simply use a stethoscope to listen for the rattling sound in your lungs’ upper airways that typically accompanies the problem.

In the special cases of chronic bronchitis, the doctor will probably get an X-ray of your chest to see if there is any lung damage. They also might use a pulmonary function tests to measure how well your lungs are working.

The Three Remedies For Bronchitis.

Rest.

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While suffering from acute bronchitis the lungs will have trouble inhaling and exhaling air. By remaining in a relaxed position and environment your body will be able to recuperate much faster than if you had carried on throughout the day as if you were totally fine.

Strenuous activity and movement could exacerbate your situation and make you feel even worse than you previously felt.

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Although lying in bed all day is usually not recommended for a healthy lifestyle, staying off your feet and keeping relaxed is the best thing you could do for your lungs while suffering from bronchitis

Avoid pollutants.

Much like asthma, bronchitis can also experience triggers of severe coughing fits. These fits can be dangerous as they prevent the inhalation of oxygen. One of the most effective cures is prevention, by keeping yourself away from respiratory triggers such as dust smoke and airborne pollution you can significantly reduce the about of phlegm in your lungs.

Steam.

Steam might be one of the most effective remedies for bronchitis. By breathing in some steam you use heats to jar mucus loose and expel phlegm. For this remedy you will need a vaporizer or humidifier. If you do not own either of these devices, don’t worry; some hot water in the sink and a towel over your head will suffice.

These three remedies are simple and effective. By getting some rest, breathing in deep with some steam and avoiding pollution (which you should do out of habit) you are sure to reduce the symptoms of bronchitis and breathe easier.

Source: http://www.webmd.com/lung/understanding-bronchitis-treatment?page=2

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