Acute bronchitis mostly affects new-borns and the elderly. Any illness means the immune system is not working well. New-borns don’t have an immune system and the elderly normally have compromised immunities.
If the mother is very healthy during pregnancy and the elderly make sure their immunity is always high, it’s unlikely either will ever get bronchitis.
Symptoms start out similar to a common cold, but then get worse, rather than better. The stuffed up feeling in your nose goes to your chest and you suffer congestion of the lungs.
The mucus secretion increases, you get short of breath easily and you develop a rattling sound to your breathing and cough. The cough is moist and rarely brings up the abundant mucus.
These are the common symptoms of acute bronchitis. They are also the common symptoms to the homeopathic medicine Antimonium tartaricum (Ant tart for short).
Other symptoms of this medicine include:
- an improvement in the sitting position, with a worsening in the lying position
- worse in winter
- great weariness, weakness
The last symptom, the weariness or weakness is hardly surprising when you realise that, in effect, you are drowning in all the mucus that keeps on being secreted, but which you can’t bring up.
You may feel as if you are suffocating.
You also might feel quite irritable, with an aversion to company.
Acute bronchitis tends to come and go, but there remains a tendency to get it.
But if your symptoms sound like those of Ant tart, not only can they be quickly resolved, by taking this medicine, but you will normally find that the bouts become less frequent and less severe. Given time, they may disappear altogether.