Your bronchial tubes are the airways that lead from your trachea into your lungs. When these tubes grow wider and become stiffened, it’s known as bronchiectasis. Bronchiectasis is an incurable disease that allows mucus to build up in your lungs, making it difficult to breathe.
Bronchiectasis can occur for many reasons that are hard to identify, but it is known that smoking and lung infections can lead to the disease. As with other incurable lung diseases, identifying the disease early on can help you manage its symptoms and live a better quality of life.
What Are the Symptoms of Bronchiectasis?
- Daily cough
- Coughing up blood
- Lack of breath
- Tightness of the chest
- Loss of energy
- Uncontrollable weight loss
- Clubbing of the fingers and toes
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, especially if you smoke or if you’ve had a lung infection recently, then you should visit a medical professional. Licensed medical professionals, like our team at Lung Health Institute, can help identify the cause of your breathing troubles. We offer treatment options to help manage the symptoms of bronchiectasis and other chronic lung diseases.
Testing for Bronchiectasis
To make a diagnosis, your lung specialist will listen to your lungs to see if there are any strange sounds coming from your airway. He or she will also perform a sputum test, which is an examination for the presence of viruses and bacteria in your mucus.
Your lung specialist may also perform a pulmonary function test. These tests measure your intake of oxygen to identify whether your lungs are functioning properly.
Other tests for bronchiectasis may include:
- Chest X-rays
- Skin tests
- Sweat tests
How Is Bronchiectasis Treated?
Treatment varies depending on the severity of your bronchiectasis. The licensed medical professionals at Lung Health Institute will work with you to develop your treatment plan to help reduce the symptoms and help slow the disease’s progression.
Common treatments for bronchiectasis include:
- Breathing exercises
- Pulmonary rehabilitation
- Oxygen therapy and more
If you would like to learn more about which treatments Lung Health Institute can provide to assist with managing your bronchiectasis symptoms, please contact one of our patient coordinators today. Our services, like our Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™, can help reduce inflammation and slow progression of chronic lung diseases.