Saturday, October 31, 2015

BRONCHITIS [BRONCHITIS]

Inflammation of the large air passages which carry air from the windpipe to lungs is known as bronchitis. 


CAUSES: 

• Smoking is the main cause. 
• Allergy like – such as air pollutant. 
• Infection – viral or bacterial. 
• Occupation – coal miners, grain handlers, metal molders and people working with dust. 
• Pre existing disease as pneumonia, emphysema etc. 


SIGN AND SYMPTOMS: 

• Cold with nasal discharge. 
• Cough with yellow greenish sputum. 
• Breathlessness. 
• Chest pains. 
• Fever with headaches and loss of appetite. 
• These entire symptoms can increase in severe condition. 


DIETARY MANAGEMENT: 

• Avoid dairy products like milk, butter, cheese because these will increase mucus secretion in the respiratory system.
• Avoid hot spicy and highly seasoned food. 
• Avoid cold food, cold drinks, ice, ice-creams and aerated drinks. 
• Drink luke warm water. 
• Boil a mixture of Bishops weed (Ajwain), tea leaves and water and inhale the steam, helps to decongest. Do this at least 2-3 times a day. 
• Gargle with warm water, a pinch of salt and turmeric to sooth your throat. 
• Have only fruits for 4-5 days later can have raw salads, vegetables and sweet fruits for next 5-6 days. 
• Have hot vegetable soups. 
• Have bland and boiled food. 
• Include turmeric, garlic, ginger and onions in your diet but avoid if you are on homeopathic medication. 
• Consume lots of vitamin C: foods of animal origin are poor in vitamin C. 
– Fresh citrus fruits, green vegetables. 
• Increase consumption of vitamin B: 
– Milk and milk products, eggs, shrimps, crabs and lobsters. 
– Lean meat especially pork, fish, dairy products, poultry, egg yolk, Liver, kidney, pancreas, yeast (Brewer's yeast). 
– Carrots, bananas, avocado, raspberries, artichoke, cauliflower, soy flour, barley, cereals pasta, whole grains, barn like unpolished rice and wheat germ, dried beans, peas and soybeans. 
– Green leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts, whole grain. 
• Consume lots of vitamin A; it maintains the integrity of the respiratory mucosa: Liver oils of fish like cod, shark, and halibut are richest source of vitamin A. 
– Animal sources: egg, milk and milk products, meat, fish, kidney and liver. 
– Yellow orange colored fruits and vegetables, dark green leafy vegetables. 
• Have ginger powder or fresh ginger juice in honey before retiring to bed. 
• Every morning, drink boiled mixture of – ½ cup water, little ginger, 2-3 leaves of sweet basil (tulsi) and mint leaves, or you can eat the raw leaves, this will boost up you immunity. 


NOTE: 

• Avoid smoking. 
• Take rest at home and keep your self warm. 
• Change occupation if possible in case of miners, etc. or take precautions to prevent the particles being inhaled. 
• Practice yoga, will help by breathing exercise. 
• Treat the cause. Dr Mrs Neeraj Gupta GCHC DELHI 9811022908

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