Tracheitis is an inflammation of the layer covering the inner wall of the trachea. It is usually of infectious origin and is often caused by a virus or bacteria. Most of the time, this condition occurs in fall or winter. However, inhaling smoke, tobacco or substances that are harmful to the body can provoke its onset.
A runny nose, frequent and irritant coughing accompanied by chest pain and a hoarse voice are all early signs of tracheitis. The cough gradually becomes productive. Sometimes the patient has a mild fever. Tracheitis may be of short or long duration if it is chronic. Viral tracheitis may be accompanied by a cold, a respiratory tract infection or nasopharyngitis. Acute laryngitis may lead to tracheitis which, if it gets worse involves into tracheo-bronchitis, of which the treatment is similar to that of bronchitis.
This irritation of the lining of the trachea can be effectively treated with a combination of Rumex Crispus and Pulsatilla vugaris 8 DH. It is necessary to suck on three granules of these remedies three times a day. Space out the intakes as soon as improvement is noticed. However, these remedies are contraindicated in case of sinusitis and otitis.
If the cough worsens to the contact of fresh air and is accompanied by fatigue, homoeopathy can help cure the patient through 3-granule doses of Rumex Crispus 5 CH, to be taken 6 times a day. Belladonna 5 CH can help cure dry cough, especially if it occurs suddenly, that is accompanied by fever and heavy perspiration. In such cases, the recommended intakes consist of 4 to 5 granules per dose. If the cough persists at night or when the patient lies down, it is advisable to take three daily intakes of Drosera 5 CH, each dose consisting of 4 to 5 granules.
If the patient is tired after irritant and noisy cough, he or she should take 3 granules Corallium Rubrum four to five times a day. If the cough causes pain at the base of the nose, three granules of Sticta Pulmonaria 5 CH taken 4 to 5 times per day should be sufficient to relieve the patient. On the other hand, in case of painful coughing that is accompanied by burning sensations in the throat, administer 3 granules of Phosphorus 5 CH to the patient 4 to 5 times a day.
If the heat from a room aggravates a wet and non-irritant cough that is accompanied by thick mucus, take 3 granules of Pulsatilla 5 CH four to five times a day. If the patient is subject to asthma attacks, to wet cough worsened by heat and accompanied by sputum, and if mucus clogs up his or her airways, he or she should take 3 granules of Antimonium Tartaricum 5 CH five to six times per day.
When tracheitis leads to complications that affect the bronchial tubes and the wet cough occurs more during the day than the night, the indicated remedy is Calcarea carbonica, of which 3 granules need to be taken 5 to 6 times a day. This remedy is recommended when the patient suffers from asthma attacks that occur after midnight and is particularly sensitive to pressure applied to the chest and under the collarbone.
When a cough lasts for more than 3 weeks (chronic cough), when it occurs during both day and night (frequent cough) or if it resists the usual self-medication (malignant cough), it is advisable to go to the doctor who will perform a thorough examination in order to administer the appropriate remedies. Moreover, one should promptly seek medical attention if the cough is followed by breathing difficulties.
Good to know: Tracheitis can be effectively treated with homoeopathy. Its different remedies may be used for a gentle and in-depth treatment that will prevent the disease from evolving and leading to more serious complications.