Hong Kong’s most highly prized commodity? Clean air.
Air pollution has led to the rise of serious respiratory diseases like bronchitis, causing and exacerbating existing symptoms. Coughing, mucus build-up and inflamed airways just to name a few.
The higher the level of pollution, the longer recovery from respiratory ailments takes, and the higher the risk of serious complications or chronic illness.
Some are more at risk than others: children, the elderly and those with heart and respiratory conditions. Those with genetic vulnerability to pollutants and people who spend a lot of time outdoors, like athletes.
Bronchitis is characterised by inflammation in the bronchial tubes. Sufferers experience a bad cough accompanied by mucus, as well as shortness of breath, wheezing, low fever and chills, fatigue and tightness in the chest.
There are two types of bronchitis: acute and chronic. Most acute cases get better over the course of a few weeks but the cough may linger for weeks after the infection is gone.
Chronic bronchitis is a long-term condition that keeps recurring or never actually goes away. It is considered a form of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
In addition to air pollution, bronchitis can be triggered by cold and flu viruses, as well as exposure to substances that irritate the lungs, like tobacco smoke, dust and chemical fumes.
The disease can also be less commonly triggered by a bacterial infection.
If you are suffering from recurrent acute bronchitis, our naturopaths can carry out tests to find out what is leaving you susceptible to such infections. They may carry out further tests to discern whether you have a nutrient deficiency or food sensitivity, which can prolong and exacerbate symptoms of bronchitis.
If you have bronchitis, you may benefit from boosting your immunity.