Bronchial Infection - A Common Disorder

Bronchial infection is quite common. Most of us suffer from it from time to time. In most instances the degree of infection is not particularly severe, and the symptoms we experience, though at times annoying, are usually mild. If untreated however, bronchial infection can become chronic. If this is allowed to happen, damage to the respiratory tract can create problems as we age, and in fact can lead to serious complications and even death. In most cases of infection however, such as when we have a common cold, our immune system takes care of the problem, eliminating the infection in relatively short order.

Don't Smoke - In many instances, a bronchial infection is a direct result of the life style we are leading. Smoking is the main cause of such an infection, and over a period of time can cause a bronchial disorder to become chronic or permanent. Environment also plays a role, as the cold damp days we experience during the winter months, coupled with being indoors in the company of others, brings on bouts of bronchitis, and in the worst case, pneumonia. The most irritating symptom of bronchitis is coughing, which over time, especially if the bronchitis has become chronic, can be exhausting. Irritants in the air are the usual cause of bronchitis, with smoke being the leading cause.

Antibiotics May Not Help Much - Antibiotics are often prescribed to treat a bronchial infection, though the results often are mixed. If a bacteria of one kind or another has settled in the respiratory tract, antibiotics may be effective. If the tissues are inflamed or irritated due to pollutants in the air however, antibiotics will usually have little or no effect.

Vitamin C And Zinc As Treatments - A bronchial infection can sometimes be traced to a deficiency of one element or another in the body, with Vitamin C and Zinc being the more common deficiencies. High dosages of Vitamin C are often recommended to prevent colds, flu, and generally keep the respiratory system in top shape. Vitamin C can act as both a preventive against, and treatment for, bronchial infections, and a deficiency in the vitamin is known to correlate with incidents of bronchial disorders.

Zinc supplements are another common treatment for bronchial infection. As is the case with Vitamin C, a deficiency of zinc in the body can lead to problems in the respiratory tract as well as elsewhere. Also, as is the case with Vitamin C, a deficiency can lead to other health problems.

Herbs Worth Considering - There are several herbs which appear to be quite effective in treating bronchitis specifically and bronchial infections in general. These include thyme, licorice, astragalus and echinacea. As is often the case with herbal remedies, past history often plays a large role in establishing their credibility, while supportive scientific evidence is often sketchy at best. Thyme for example, is a known disinfectant, and tests indicate that it does indeed reduce or relieve bronchitis symptoms although it is not necessarily a cure. Licorice appears to support the inflammatory response of the immune system, and is an effective expectorant as well, while astragalus acts both to prevent cellular damage and to promote cellular regeneration. Echinacea is best described as being "helpful" in the treatment of a bronchial infection. There are many benefits attributed to echinacea, a very popular healing herb, treatment of bronchial problems being one of them.

In summary it would appear that extra doses of Vitamin C and zinc can be very beneficial, and supplements of the herbs mentioned above, or the herbs themselves, probably won't hurt. The best treatment of all is prevention, avoiding where possible those environmental factors and irritants that can bring on a bronchial infection.




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