Bronchiectasis is a chronic lung disease that causes your bronchial tubes to widen and grow stiff. These tubes are airways that run from your trachea into your lungs to deliver air to the rest of your lungs where its processed into oxygen that can be distributed throughout your body.
When the bronchial tubes grow stiff from bronchiectasis, mucus is able to build up in your lungs. This makes it difficult to breathe and can lead to inflammation, scarring and the development of other serious lung conditions.
Bronchiectasis is an idiopathic disease, so it’s difficult to identify an exact cause for every case, but it is known to be linked with smoking and other chronic lung infections. If you smoke, you should quit now to avoid developing a serious lung condition like bronchiectasis.
Can Bronchiectasis Be Treated?
Bronchiectasis cannot be cured. Scarring and damage caused by the disease are permanent, so it’s important to identify the symptoms early and get help from medical professionals.
At Lung Health Institute, our team of medical professionals and nurse practitioners have assisted thousands of patients with their chronic lung conditions. We offer treatment options that assist in the management of bronchiectasis symptoms to help slow the progression of the disease and improve your quality of life.
How Do You Know If You Have Bronchiectasis?
Bronchiectasis is identifiable by a number of symptoms and a professional diagnosis. If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should seek medical assistance:
- Persistent coughing accompanied by blood
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Fatigue and weight loss
- Clubbed fingers and toes
A medical professional can order or administer a series of physical tests and review your medical history and lifestyle to make a diagnosis.
Some of the physical tests include listening to your lungs and performing a sputum test to check for the presence of viruses and bacteria in your mucus.
Living With Bronchiectasis
If you’ve been diagnosed with bronchiectasis, treatment from the professionals at Lung Health Institute may be able to benefit you. Again, bronchiectasis cannot be cured, but treatment may help slow its progression, allowing you to breathe better.
Depending on the severity of the disease, your doctor may recommend antibiotics, pulmonary rehabilitation, oxygen therapy and more.
At Lung Health Institute, we offer options like the Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™ to help assist in the reduction of inflammation caused by lung diseases like bronchiectasis. If you’d like to speak with one of our patient coordinators about your treatment options, contact one of our locations today.