Acute bronchiolitis: Causes and Symptoms
A sudden and rapid development of the inflammation in the bronchial tubes.
Bronchiolitis may be more severe (and recovery may take longer) in very young children (under three months), ex- premature babies or children with underlying lung or heart conditions.
- Requires diagnosis by a medical professional
- Spreads easily
- Onset is sudden
- Acute bronchiolitis is the sudden and rapid development of the inflammation in the bronchial tubes. The condition results due to a virus that gets into the respiratory tract when harmful things (such as tobacco, fumes, dust) are breathed in by the victim.
Ages affected – Often: between 20-30 years; Very often: between 40-50 years; Fewer: between 60-70 years
Symptoms may include a sore throat and difficulty in gulping. The sputum may be green or yellow in colour and this could be an indication of viral/bacterial infection (depending on the shade of the sputum). THe condition also causes shortness of breath, wheezing occurs and constant chills.
People may experience:
- Persistent body aches – mostly around the neck region
- Acute pain – while gulping food
- Chest congestion
Self-Care: For relieving the pain, avoid drinking fluids that contain caffeine or alcohol.
Medications: Take over-the-counter pain tablets that help in relieving the soreness of the throat, burning sensation and inflammation.
Specialist: Consult a physician in case of persistent coughs or when there is severe inflammation accompanied by pain and fever.
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