Bronchitis is the inflammation of the bronchial tubes which leads to coughing, sore throat, and other painful issues. Bronchitis is considered chronic when it persists for at least three months and at least two years in a row. Seniors are the most affected by this illness. Our Coeur d’Alene Senior Center strives to provide a healthy environment for our seniors. Read below for more information on the cause and prevention of this illness.
There are no limitations for when someone can get Chronic Bronchitis. However, Seniors are more likely to get this disease during the cold season or when there is a flu epidemic. Here are some general causes that can aid in the development of Chronic Bronchitis:
- Smoking is considered to be the primary cause of chronic bronchitis, even second-hand smoke is dangerous. Both smokers and second-hand smokers are prone to chronic bronchitis because the lung capacity is diminished and the trachea is irritated which leads to coughing.
- The inhalation of dust, fumes or any other irritating gasses that can result from various sources is also known to influence and worsen the symptoms of chronic bronchitis making it last longer due to the consistent irritation of the respiratory ways.
- A few types of bacteria like Strep, Staph, and others are also the cause of chronic bronchitis.
- The flu and other types of viruses can also cause chronic bronchitis.
- Seniors are more susceptible to develop chronic bronchitis as the immune system is affected and the pulmonary have been affected by various disease or illnesses.
If there are signs of Chronic Bronchitis, it is recommended to seek professional medical care immediately. In general, there is no known cure to heal chronic bronchitis completely. However, the doctor can prescribe medication to suppress the symptoms until the illness goes away on its own. A doctor can help a senior with chronic bronchitis in several ways:
- Depending on the severity of the symptoms the Doctor can prescribe various medications that relieve the need to cough. This medication can reduce the amounts of bronchial secretions that also lead to coughing and irritation of the breathing ways.
- If the senior has problems breathing the Doctor can offer the use of Bronchodilator inhalers which act similar to nasal sprays. They open the airways, allowing the patient to breathe easier.
- One of the reasons of coughing is the inflammation of the airways which is followed by irritation, which results in coughing. The doctor can recommend the use of medication that contains Corticosteroids.
- When the chronic bronchitis is left untreated, or someone with known lung problems develops chronic bronchitis the regular treatment that is being used might not respond well to the symptoms, although this rarely happens, the patient may require hospitalization for more advanced treatment methods.
In most cases, Seniors with chronic bronchitis do not require staying at a hospital, and because of this reason, some lifestyle habits need to change for the symptoms to be relieved so that the illness goes away faster. Some of these habits are easy, while the others may take more effort. Here are some of them:
- It is recommended to quit smoking as it can significantly relieve symptoms and accelerate the healing of the lungs.
- Second-hand smoke might not be as dangerous as smoking but it can also irritate the breathing ways, so it would be best to avoid smoking areas.
- Avoid irritants gas fumes no matter if it’s just a bug spray or nail polish.
- Just a simple cold or the flu can significantly worsen the symptoms of chronic bronchitis, so avoid direct contact with people that have them.
- Washing hands on a regular basis not just before eating but each time you go out in public can stop the cause of infection.
Since Seniors can easily develop bronchitis, especially from factors such as smoking, dust inhalation, bacteria and flu viruses, due to their low immune system. Patients are recommended to engage the doctor’s help to obtain the right treatment according to their condition. We at Bestland Senior Living Community, strive to provide a healthy environment for our Seniors. Our Coeur d’Alene Senior Center has specific smoking areas for those who do smoke, and we encourage all of our seniors to strive to have a healthy lifestyle. From transportation to the doctor to healthy meals, we aim to provide a wholesome environment for our seniors.