Published on July 26th, 2013 | by Tom0
How To Treat Bronchitis, Home Remedies
Home remedies to treat bronchitis
Get plenty of rest
You may feel extremely tired, so take some days off in the first few days of the infection. Let your lungs to heal when you have difficulty in breathing, as exercising like running, biking can make your condition worse.
Humidify Your Environment
To some degree, coughing is actually helpful for our body since it is a way of taking away bacteria out of the lungs. So let yourself cough. It is better to add moisture to the air by using a humidifier or vaporizer, this will enable you with easier breathe, thus bringing more sputum (substance coughed out of lungs) out of your body. But be sure to use clean humidifier for fresh and clean air.
Drink more warm liquid
Hydration is very essential while your body is fighting with disease. It helps to soothe your sore throat and make you breathe easier by drinking warm liquids. Options as follow may help you get through bronchitis. Lemon or honey tea is very sweet to drink and it provides your body with vitamin C and other nutrition. Herb tea especially those aimed to cure sore throat is recommended to people suffering from bronchitis. Soup is nourishing and soothing. Among which garlic soup is a good choice to relieve the symptoms. Saltwater, can help you ease the inflammation of the throat. Add a spoon of salt into 8 ounces of warm water and drink a little now and then.
Apply a hot compress
Bronchitis often brings you heavy and painful feelings on your chest especially when you are coughing. A hot compress can be applied to ease the pain. Put a hot water bottle filled with water on your chest or lay a hot tower on your chest. You can also take a warm shower.
Don’t smoke or stop it if you do. It is harmful to smoke especially when you get bronchitis. It will cause more pain when you are coughing. And it also prevents your lungs from healing. So avoid smoking or and stay away from second hand smoking.
Wear a mask
Wear a mask or use a scarf to cover your nose and mouth when you go out. This measure will protect you from irritations in the air such as dusts or toxic chemicals. Besides, the cold air outside can intensify bronchitis.