Common Breathing Problems
Breathing difficulty or problem is a relatively broad term used to refer to any number of issues with breathing. Typically such breathing difficulties are characterized by discomfort when breathing and the general feeling of not being able to intake a complete breath. Individuals experiencing breathing problems often feel as if they cannot take in enough air.
Common breathing problems include asthma, the inflammation and narrowing the airways; pneumonia, obstruction of the air passageways caused by infection; and croup, a respiratory issue initiated by viral infection and characterized by its recognizable “barking” cough. Additional breathing problems include pulmonary embolism, a blockage in one of the main arteries headed to the lungs; pulmonary hypertension, or high blood pressure that disturbs the natural processing of the lungs; epiglottitis, selling in the windpipe; and hiatal hernia, a protrusion of the stomach affecting the diaphragm and chest.
A number of different factors contribute to the onset and proliferation of breathing difficulties. The cause of many breathing difficulties can be categorized into two different types – environmental and health related. Typically these include allergies to irritants such as dust or pollen, stress and anxiety, a stuffy nose or throat phlegm, and increased altitude.
Natural Treatments for Common Breathing Problems
The exact treatment necessary is largely dependent on the cause of the breathing issue; however, many natural methods help facilitate better breathing no matter the cause of obstruction. Two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar diluted in water taken daily balances the pH level and improves breathing. Hydrogen peroxide and raw honey are also effective treatment for breathing issues of any type. Taking additional supplements including vitamin C, niacin, lecithin, MSM, and vitamin B12 also improves breathing.