Sinusitis and bronchitis are two very common conditions to watch out for in the damp and cold conditions of the winter months, especially in northern climates.
Sinus pressure and headaches, nasal discharge, post-nasal drip, and deep, racking coughs can cause sinusitis and bronchitis sufferers to feel simply miserable. By taking a few easy steps, we can avoid them while enjoying the chill.
Sinuses are hollow air spaces in the nasal tracts. Each sinus has an opening into the nose for free exchange of air and mucus and each is joined with the nasal passage by a continuous mucous membrane lining. Therefore, anything that causes a swelling in the nose, be it an infection, an allergic reaction, or an immune reaction, can affect the sinuses.
Air trapped within a blocked sinus along with pus or other secretions may cause pressure on the sinus wall. The result is intense pain of a sinus attack. Similarly, when air is prevented from entering a paranasal sinus by a swollen membrane at the opening, a vacuum can be created that also causes pain.
You can use home remedies to lessen the discomfort:
Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes, those being the air passages that extend from the windpipe into the lungs. The inflammation may be caused by a virus, bacteria, smoking or the inhalation of chemical pollutants or dust. Consequently, the air passages become clogged by mucus and irritation increases.
In response, a heavy secretion of mucus develops, which causes the characteristic cough of bronchitis. It may be either acute or chronic. Bronchitis often follows a common cold or any infection of the nose and throat.
People at increased risk both of getting bronchitis and of having more severe symptoms include the elderly, those with weakened immune systems, smokers and anyone with repeated exposure to lung irritants.
Acute bronchitis most commonly occurs after an upper respiratory infection such as common cold or a sinus infection. You may see symptoms such as fever with chills, muscle aches, nasal congestion and a sore throat.
Cough is a common symptom of bronchitis. The cough may be dry or may produce phlegm. Significant phlegm production suggests that the lower respiratory tract and the lung itself may be in fected, and you may have pneumonia.
The cough may last for more than two weeks. Continued forceful coughing may make your chest and abdominal muscles sore. Coughing can be severe enough at times to injure the chest wall or even cause you to pass out.
Wheezing may occur because of the inflammation of the airways. This may leave you short of breath.
1 tea spoon juice of ginger mixed with honey taken 3 times a day, proves effective in bronchitis.
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