Bronchitis And Air Pollution
"Doctor, I have had a consistent cough for the last six months. It becomes severe when I go out." Saleem told the doctor.
The doctor did some tests and found out that Saleem had lung disease.
He broke the news to him and said, "Saleem, you have got Bronchitis. Bronchitis is an inflammation of the airways leading to your lungs. When your airways (trachea and bronchi) are inflamed, they swell and fill with mucus, which makes you cough. This cough can last from a few days to two weeks. Moreover, air pollution is a major risk factor for laryngitis/rhinitis."
"But doctor, how is it caused?" Saleem asked.
"It can be caused by exposure to airborne irritants such as smoke, dust, or chemical fumes." the doctor replied.
He wrote some medicines and asked Saleem not to smoke and avoid smoke, chemicals, dust, or air pollution. Always cover your mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing. Keep your distance from others when you are sick.
"If these tips and meds don't help, reach out to me immediately." the doctor said.
"Hey, what is that with your cough? It’s not improving since month," Prem asked his classmate, Noor.
“I don’t know, and this cough, wheezing, and breathing issues are making me sick. What can it be?” Noor asked.
“Let’s search your symptoms online, and maybe we can get a hint,” Prem said.
Research shows that cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest pain, mucus, breathlessness, headache, difficulty sleeping, discharge from the back of the nose into the throat, runny nose, and fatigue can be bronchitis symptoms. Bronchitis is often treated with medications. In severe cases, hospitalization may be necessary.
Prem took Noor to the hospital, and tests were done. A doctor confirmed that Noor had Bronchitis, so she was getting sick. All the symptoms she was experiencing confirmed her illness.
The doctor said, “Don’t worry, Noor. You will be alright. You should have come here earlier and not waited until your friend insisted you come. One of your problem’s triggers is also air pollution, so take extra care. Take the prescribed medicines, and stay indoors as much as possible. Cover your nose and mouth with a mask or damp cloth, and carry your inhalers if going out.