Chronic Bronchitis is a respiratory disease in which the mucus membrane in the lungs bronchial passages becomes inflamed.
As the irritated membrane swells and grows thicker, it narrows or shuts off the tiny airways in the lungs, resulting in coughing spells that may be accompanied by phlegm and breathlessness.
The disease comes in two forms: acute (lasting from one to three weeks) and chronic (lasting at least 3 months of the year for two years in a row).
Acute bronchitis may be responsible for the hacking cough and phlegm production that sometime accompany an upper respiratory infection. In most cases, the infection is viral in origin, but sometimes it’s caused by bacteria.
Acute bronchitis is very common. The disorder can be treated effectively with professional medical assistance complemented by Salt Therapy.
WHAT CAUSES BRONCHITIS
Acute bronchitis is generally caused by lung infections, 90% of which are viral in origin. Repeated attacks of acute bronchitis, which weaken and irritate bronchial airways over time, can result in chronic bronchitis.
Industrial pollution is another culprit. Chronic bronchitis is found in higher-than-normal rates among coal miners, grain handlers, and other people who are continually exposed to dust and fumes.
The chief cause is heavy, long-term cigarette smoking, which irritates the bronchial tubes and causes them to produce excess mucus.
Treatment often includes regular physiotherapy and courses of antibiotics, which in some cases may be long term.
HOW CAN SALT LIFE THERAPY CAN HELP
Salt Therapy can not only bring much-needed relief, but also prevent the frequent recurrence of your symptoms. Prescription drugs and inhalers may bring immediate relief, but used as a complementary treatment Salt Therapy has a lasting effect.
- Salt kills bacteria, which is a major element of bronchitis
- Salt Therapy widens the airways by reducing inflammation
- Salt Therapy helps to shift retained mucus and therefore reduces the chance of infection
HOW MANY SESSIONS DO I NEED
- Depending on age and severity, 20-30 sessions are recommended for long term results.
- The sessions should be frequent; about two or three a week is suggested.
Most clients do 1-2 Salt Therapy courses a year. In between they might come back for some top-up sessions. Why not contact Glanmire or Grange clinics to discuss any questions you may have.