Bronchitis Emphysema & COPD

Bronchitis is a condition of inflammation of the bronchi i.e. the airways of the lungs.

Acute Bronchitis: Acute bronchitis is usually symptomized by cough that lasts around three weeks. In more than 90% of cases the cause is a viral infection. These viruses may spread through air when people cough or by direct contact. Risk factors include exposure to tobacco smoke, dust, and other air pollution. A small number of cases are due to high levels of air pollution or bacteria such as Mycoplasma Pneumonia or Bordetella pertussis. All of it, which is very common in today’s scenario.

Chronic Bronchitis: Chronic bronchitis is a productive cough that lasts for three months or more every year for at least two years. Most people with chronic bronchitis have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in later stages.

Emphysema is the damage caused to the smaller airways and air sacs (alveoli) of the lungs.
Pulmonary means ‘affecting the lungs’.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a condition in which the airways are narrowed due to chronic bronchitis and emphysema, which are usually found to occur together.

Common Symptoms of COPD – Bronchitis and Emphysema

Frequent appearance of cough that gradually becomes persistent. Often this is mistaken for a ‘smokers’ cough’ in the early stages. Breathlessness becomes the main cause for concern for these patients.

Breathlessness and wheeziness occurs while taking exertion, for instance, while climbing the stairs. These symptoms tend to become gradually worse over the years if the patient smokes for a long time. Chest infections also become common in this condition.

Main Causes of COPD Bronchitis and Emphysema:
– Smoking, chronic tobacco smoking is the primary reason for this condition. It has been found that long-term smokers develop COPD. This can be life threatening unless extra-pulmonary diseases like cardiovascular, diabetes or cancer do not claim their lives first.
– Intense and prolonged exposure to Occupational dust found in coal mining, gold mining and the cotton textile industry and/or chemicals such as cadmium, isocyanides and fumes from welding have also been found to be the cause of airflow obstruction, even in non-smokers.
– Air pollution is another main cause of COPD.
Scientific research in many places around the world had found that people who live in large cities have a higher rate of COPD compared to those living in rural areas.

Benefits of Salt Therapy:
Salt therapy is one of the best treatments for Acute & Chronic Bronchitis and it has been recommended by top pulmonologist in India. Salt Therapy is a clinically proven natural, safe and beneficial method of treatment for every age group. Salt Cave Asia is counted amongst the best natural treatment center for chronic respiratory disease in Asia. Sit back and relax in our state-of-the-art treatment rooms and breathe in the saline aerosol generated by Halogenerator. With regular use, it significantly helps to:
– Reduce the need for inhalers, steroids and antibiotics.
– Make breathing easier after just a few sessions.
– Improve lung function.
– Alleviate sneezing, coughing, and shortness of breath.
– Clear mucus and sticky phlegm from the lungs.
– Increase the resistance to respiratory tract diseases.
– Strengthen the immune system.
– Prolong remission times.
– And thus reduce the number of hospital admissions.

During the Salt Therapy Treatments at the Salt Cave Centre Pune, majority of patients have noticed a remarkable decrease in frequency and intensity of cough. They also find it easy to cough up mucus, which becomes less sticky and changes in its nature. COPD patients also find that Salt Therapy brings them immediate relief and also delays the frequency of reoccurrence

Recommended Sessions:
– Depending on age and severity of condition, 20-30 sessions are recommended for long-term benefits.
– Frequent sessions, about 2-3 sessions a week are suggested.
– Follow-up sessions every 2-3 months are recommended to maintain clear Lungs.