Air reaches the lungs by way of the trachea and bronchi. Through the process of inhaling and exhaling (breathing in and out) the body obtains the oxygen needed to survive. The exhaling process rids the body of carbon dioxide which is the waste product of the biological processes.

What goes wrong

There are a few reasons why you may find difficulty in breathing, such as: narrowing to the air passages from spasm, swelling of the air passage linings, or perhaps an infection to lung tissue. There is also emphysema, dust or mold particles, and smoking and air pollution to name a few.

Oxygen Cylinder

Symptom of breathing problems often comes with a cough and a tight feeling in the chest. Although tightness in the chest can also be experienced by anxiety and stress sufferers other symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, cough, etc. would become apparent with breathing problems caused by a virus.

Asthma and bronchitis would be a problem of the narrowing of air passageways, bronchiolitis and bronchitis would be caused by a swelling of the air passageway linings. Lung infections would cause pneumonia and bronchitis. Emphysema would cause damage to the air sacs *(alveoli)

*alveolus (plural: alveoli, from Latin alveolus, “little cavity”) is an anatomical structure that has the form of a hollow cavity. Found in the lung, they are lined with epithelium. The elastic fibers allow the alveoli to stretch as they fill with air when breathing in. They then spring back during breathing out to expel the carbon dioxide-rich air.

Farmer’s lung and pneumoconiosis are both the result of breathing in certain dust or mold particulars. There are others such as congestion of the lungs, inflammation of the throat, and a foreign body stuck in the throat like I said, there are quite a few reasons why one could end up with breathing problems.

What Medicines Do They Use

Combined or single preparations often with an analgesic can be bought as an over-the-counter medicine to help clear airways soothe inflammation and reduce the build-up of mucus. Mucus is often the result of a swollen membrane that lines the nasal passages and produces an excessive amount of mucus due to infection (such as cold, allergy).

Decongestants would help to reduce the swelling inside the nose, the knock-on effect would be to make breathing that much easier. However, the problem may not be the result of a cold bug the problem may be the result of an allergy. If this is the case an antihistamine would be necessary to relieve symptoms and reduce further attacks. If your problem was an infection of the respiratory tract this would probably need to be treated with antibiotics.

When air enters the lungs it passes through tubes called bronchioles. In bronchitis and asthma these tube walls become much narrower making breathing difficult, it can happen as a result of muscle contraction or mucus congestion. In this instance, drugs are known as Bronchodilators are used to widen the tubes (bronchi). These drugs are used to relieve and prevent asthma attacks.

Corticosteroids are a common part of treatment where the problem is thought to be inflammation and can be given by mouth or as an inhalant to treat asthma and relieve inflammation in the inner layers of the airways. However, these type of medicines does not bring relief once an asthma attack is in progress. These kinds of medicines reduce inflammation. This is done by blocking the action of chemicals called prostaglandins that are responsible for activating the inflammatory response.

Although most annoying to both you and the people around you coughing is actually a defense mechanism. So If it’s a cough that you have then several medicines can be used to relieve it. Some work on the phlegm making it easier for the body to eliminate it. While others work on suppressing the cough reflex.

From Black pepper to herbal tea an annoying cough can also be relieved by the use of home remedies. but remember a persistent cough that beats everything you throw at it could be the result of something a little more serious, and you should take it along to your doctor (with yourself of course).

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