We gave you the scoop on the first set of seven shocking facts that you didn’t know about bronchitis in our part one article, and now we have returned with part two to fill you in completely! This illness is highly common in the modern day, and it is important to prepare yourself with health education whether you are affected by it or not. To give you the remaining information that you need to know about this condition, we have brought you the final top eight most shocking facts that you didn’t know about bronchitis!
Number Eight: Chronic Bronchitis
If the illness has reached a chronic stage, it becomes incurable. However, symptoms can be reduced by eliminating bronchial triggers from the environment. These triggers mainly include cigarette smoke, fumes, dust, pet dander, and aggressive odors.
Number Seven: Dangers of Smoking
When it comes to pinpointing the main source of bronchitis, a long-term smoking habit is often the culprit. This is because our lungs are equipped with a series of tiny, hair-like structures, which help to remove microscopic debris and mucus from the lungs. Over time, smoking will irreversibly damage these little helpers and eventually rid the lungs of them completely. Without these little hairs, the lungs are much more vulnerable to irritants.
Number Six: It Can Be Deadly
If left untreated, this normally mild disease can become life-threatening. In the year 1987, a mass total of 78,000 disease-related deaths were reported. Of these deaths, bronchitis was considered to be the number one killer.
Number Five: The Annual Rates
In the United States, the onset of bronchitis has become a largely growing issue. It is estimated that 14 million new cases of the illness are reported (and most often cured) with each passing year.
Number Four: Correlations in Contraction
When it comes to developing bronchitis, the most affected group is, of course, smokers. Secondarily, employees in specific lines of work may be equally at risk from job-related exposure. Of all groups of people besides smokers, the illness is most likely to be developed by coal miners, metal molders, and any other job that requires prolonged exposure to dust or fumes.
Number Three: An Accidental Remedy
In the late 1800’s, one English explorer happened upon a miraculous remedy for the lung-based condition. Stricken with tuberculosis, the man travelled to South Africa in search of a cure. What he found was a mysterious plant with incredible lung-healing capabilities: the pelargonium sidoides. Otherwise known as the South African Geranium, the explorer brought this unexpected remedy back to England and treated over 800 patients with respiratory infections. The plant was forgotten for many years until it made a recent appearance as a medical tool to help bronchitis patients recover.
Number Two: Antibiotics Won’t Help
Well, usually they won’t. A vast majority (roughly 90%) of bronchitis infections are caused by a virus. Antibiotics are highly effective in putting an end to bacterial infections; however, this is helpful to only about 10% of bronchitis diagnoses. Despite this, over 70% of these affected persons are still being prescribed antibiotics for their viral infections. This has led to a strain of antibiotic-resistant super bacteria responsible for a growing number of bronchial issues.
Number One: Fighting It Off
In cases of chronic bronchitis, the illness has become incurable. However, there are many ways that you can ease the pain of the symptoms. In cases of acute bronchitis, these techniques will help as well. The first and most significant step you can take in curing this disease is to stop smoking. In addition, drinking more water and eating apples will help as well. Try to avoid antibiotics until you try a handful of home remedies, or you are sure the infection is bacterial. We hope you enjoyed reading through our list of the 15 shocking facts that you didn’t know about bronchitis!