Acute bronchitis is one of the top 10 reasons for Americans to visit a doctor. Peak season is in the fall and winter. Symptoms include persistent cough, with or without upper respiratory symptoms (sore throat, nasal congestion, headache, increased sputum production and fever). Most cases are caused by viruses including: influenza, RSV, and adenovirus. Other causes include bacterial infection, smoke or dust allergies or asthma.
work with your doctor to rule out serious causes of acute bronchitis as influenza and pneumonia. These conditions may increase mortality in particular, young and old. The case of fever, cough and increased pulmonary disease (which is not clear with cough), x-ray and antibiotics may be necessary. Flu, anti-viral drugs is useful if within 48 hours. Bacterial pneumonia requires antibiotics.
For simple uncomplicated acute bronchitis, not treatment options are not antibiotics. Overuse of antibiotics leads to unnecessary drug resistant bacteria such as methicillin resistant staph aureus (MRSA) in the community. Therefore, we often any or all of the following:
- mucolytics (eg Mucinex® or increase water intake)
- antitussive cough medication
- albuterol inhaler
Since acute bronchitis involves increased mucus production triggered by infection or allergy, one of the goals is to clear secretions. The body naturally makes it a cough reflex. Another method is the use of aromatic oils.
In 2003, Hasani studied the effects of aromatic oils lung secretion clearance suffer chronic bronchitis. He concluded that direct application of essential oils to the skin helped clear secretions respiratory system. Some recommended oils
- Raven Sara
Massage one or two drops in the chest and diluted with high quality olive oil or almond oil. Then, apply a warm compress for 15-20 minutes. Repeat several times a day. Use caution with young and old oils can cause a rash so test a small area of skin first before applying to the entire breast.
Expect symptoms of acute bronchitis to last from 1-3 weeks. If you have any questions or problems, seek medical
Reference :. The effect on mucociliary clearance aromatic lungs of patients with chronic airways obstruction. Hasani A et. al., J. Med ALTERN Supplement. 2003 April 9 (2): 243-9