Bronchiectasis symptoms are generally the result of mucus buildup due to the loss of elasticity, thickening and inflammation of the air passages in the lungs. Especially if left untreated, the symptoms can have a seriously debilitating impact on your quality of life, taking you away from the people and activities you love.
Seeking Medical Attention for Bronchiectasis Symptoms
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of bronchiectasis or another progressive lung condition, it’s crucial to seek immediate diagnosis and treatment from a qualified medical professional. By having a better understanding of these specific symptoms and how they develop, you can work more closely with your doctor and help the diagnostic process with better communication.
Bronchiectasis — Major Symptoms
As vital organs, the lungs perform the critical role of delivering oxygen into the bloodstream through the air we breathe in. By inhibiting airflow, bronchiectasis not only causes symptoms that disrupt the respiratory process, but it can also start to affect the rest of the body due to a chronic shortage of oxygen in the blood.
Some of the most common symptoms of bronchiectasis include:
- Shortness of breath
- Persistent cough
- Excess mucus and sputum production
- Aches and pains in the chest
- General fatigue
- Mental health issues, including increased anxiety and potential for depression
The symptoms can be similar to other lung conditions, such as chronic bronchitis, which means properly diagnosing and treating bronchiectasis can require patience.
Although there is no cure for bronchiectasis, properly treating this condition can help to relieve symptoms and potentially slow down the progression of damage to the lungs. Standard treatments include certain medications, pulmonary rehabilitation, oxygen therapy, getting regular low-impact exercise and eating a healthy diet.
At Lung Health Institute we are recognized leaders in the field of regenerative treatment, including our cellular therapy and Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™ plans. Our treatment options are designed to use your own body to help restore lung function, decrease inflammation and relieve symptoms of conditions like bronchiectasis. Take the next step to find relief. Contact one of our patient coordinators today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.