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What are different home remedies for Respiratory Diseases? – Part 3

What are Respiratory Diseases?

• Diseases affecting the respiratory system of the body are referred to as Respiratory Diseases.
• They can be acute or chronic in nature.
• Acute Respiratory Infections are quite common, especially in young children.
• Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary/ Lung Disease (COPD) are a combination of chronic Respiratory disorders and Emphysema.
• Respiratory disorders are characterized by the inflammation of the main air passages resulting in breathing difficulties.
• Respiratory infections caused by bacterial infection are generally cured by antibiotics.
• The same antibiotics are rendered ineffective in case of viral infections.

Causes of Respiratory Diseases

• Acute Respiratory Infections are usually caused by viral infections.
• These infections can prove to be fatal for children under the age of five.
• Exposure to certain elements can be held responsible for causing respiratory troubles like:
– Smoke
– Dust
– Mists
– Fumes
– Other industrial wastes
• Tobacco abuse
• Cigarette smoking
• Environmental pollution
• Hereditary factors

Common respiratory and non respiratory symptoms of a number of Respiratory Diseases are:

• Chest discomfort
• Inflammation in the respiratory tract
• Wheezing
• Loss of appetite
• Weight loss
• Fatigue
• Fever
• Cough with or without mucus

Home Remedies for Respiratory Diseases

23. Respiratory disorders treatment using Humidifiers
• Use some humidifiers in your room for a few hours every day.
• This will help soothe the irritation and inflammation of the air passageways.
• Both warm and cool mist humidifiers can be used to help to get rid of the mucus in the airways.
• This will also help you get rid of your cough.

24. Respiratory disorders treatment using Warm Salt Water
• Gargling with warm salt water can help you loosen the phlegm in your airways and the bronchioles.
• Simply add a spoon of salt to lukewarm water and gargle with it twice a day.
• Do it once in the morning and once in the evening.
• In addition to this, drinking warm water with some turmeric.
• This will also help you to get rid of the infection and soothe the inflamed airways.

Acute respiratory disorders is contagious. Acute respiratory disorders treatment should also include adequate rest for the patient.

Respiratory Disorders Diet

1. Orange Juice and Water
• In acute respiratory disorders, the patient should fast on orange juice and water.
• This should be done till the acute symptoms subside.
• Late, he should adopt an all-fruit diet for two or three days.

2. All-fruit Diet and then Well-balanced Diet
• In the case of chronic respiratory disorders, the patient can begin with an all-fruit diet for five to seven days.
• Take three meals a day of fresh juicy fruits.
• After the all-fruit diet, follow a well-balanced diet with emphasis on seeds, nuts, grains, raw vegetables, and fresh fruits.
• For drinks, unsweetened lemon water, or cold/hot plain water may be taken.

Other Respiratory disorders Treatments

1. Hot Epsom salts Bath
• A hot Epsom salts bath every night or every other night is valuable during the acute stages of the attack.
• This bath is prepared by dissolving 1 ½ kg of Epsom salt in 60 litres of water that has a temperature of 37.8″C.
• The patient should remain immersed in the bath for about twenty minutes.
• In the case of chronic respiratory disorders, this bath may be taken twice a week.

2. Hot Towels Application over Upper Chest followed by Cold Towel
• Hot towels wrung out and applied over the upper chest are helpful in both chronic and acute respiratory disorders.
• After applying three hot towels in turn for two or three minutes each, finish off with a cold towel.
• A cold pack can be applied to the upper chest several times daily in acute conditions.
• The procedure is to wring out some linen material in cold water and then wrap it two or three times round the affected part
• Cover it with flannel.
• The pack can remain for about an hour at a time.

3. Fresh Air and Outdoor Exercises
• Fresh air and outdoor exercise are also essential for the treatment of respiratory disorders.
• The patient is advised to take a morning walk every day.

Different Herbal Mixes

• This tea strengthens the upper and lower respiratory systems.
• It clears out the mucous and relieves cough and breathing problems.
• Respiratory Tea is made of:
– 2 parts Wild cherry bark
– 1 part Marshmallow root
– 1 part Mullein leaf
– 1 part Nettles
– 1/2 part Yerba Santa

Clinical Manifestations & Assessment of Respiratory Disease Clinical Practitioners Pocket Guide to Respiratory Care Egan’s Fundamentals of Respiratory Care

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