Bronchitis and Bronchiolitis

We often get confused between bronchitis and bronchiolitis because they sound similar and affect the same organ which is the lungs. Both are very much different from each other, so next time when your doctor says bronchiolitis, don’t try to grab information on bronchitis. Here are some key differentiators between them.

Bronchitis is inflammation of the bronchi. Our respiratory system contains two bronchi which are a part of the lungs. Bronchi are responsible for producing mucus that traps dust and dirt to prevent it from going further in. During bronchitis, the bronchi produces excess mucus which further causes coughing. It can affect both adults and children. 

Bronchiolitis are sub branches of bronchi. When these airways become inflamed, it gets harder for air to enter the lungs. It affects only children. It is most common in babies who are less than 2 years old. In some cases, it may cause severe breathing issues that may require hospitalization and serious consideration by a Specialist. Its cases are mostly seen in winter and since winters have started new-borns and kids have to be taken extra care. 

Symptoms of bronchitis

  • Frequent dry cough
  • Chest discomfort
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Low-grade fever
  • Sore throat
  • Body aches
  • Runny and stuffy nose

Symptoms of bronchiolitis

  • Runny nose
  • Stuffy nose
  • Slight fever
  • Cough

Risk factors for bronchiolitis

  • Premature birth
  • Underlying heart or lung condition
  • Depressed immune system
  • Exposure to tobacco smoke
  • Never had breastfed
  • Spending time in crowded places

Ways to prevent seasonal bronchitis

  • Take complete rest and keep the body hydrated
  • Avoid smoking or air pollution
  • OTC medicines for simple relief
  • Avoid going out in a crowd, outdoor activities, or polluted areas as the virus spreads faster through the air and frequent coughing.
  • Annual flu vaccination
  • Frequent hand washing to reduce the transmission of the virus. 

Ways to prevent bronchiolitis

  • Limit contact with people having fever or cold
  • Disinfect surfaces
  • Cover your nose while sneezing or coughing
  • Don’t share your glass
  • Wash your hands more often.
  • Breastfeed the baby

Superfoods for bronchiolitis

Ginger – Ginger has antimicrobial and antioxidants. It also helps in cleaning air pollution from the lungs.

Turmeric – It has therapeutic antibacterial effects. Add this to your kid’s food no matter whether it’s sweet or savory.

Garlic - Garlic is known for its antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. Garlic has health benefits for the heart, blood pressure, infections, and bones in addition to supporting the lungs.

Beetroot - Beetroots are a rich source of vitamins and elements like magnesium and potassium that support lung function. You can give it juice or offer sandwiches. 

(Disclaimer: The content on this site is for informational purposes only, and should not be taken as professional medical advice.  Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other health professionals for any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition.)


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