Bronchiectasis is a condition which causes the airways to widen and become flabby and scarred. The most common cause of bronchiectasis is an infection of the lungs or other conditions that injures the walls of your airways or prevents the airways from clearing mucus. Over time, each infection causes the airways to lose their ability to transfer air in and out of the lungs, which could ultimately prevent oxygen from reaching vital organs.
- Daily cough (can be with blood)
- Daily production of excessive phlegm
- Pain in the chest
- Fatigue or inability to exercise
- Shortness of breath or wheezing
- Recurring infection
- Weight loss
There is no cure for this condition; however, with proper care and lifestyle changes, most people who have this condition can enjoy a good quality of life.
To alleviate this condition:
- Do not smoke
- Receive the pneumococcal vaccine
- Receive the influenza vaccine
- Pulmonary rehabilitation
- Oxygen therapy
Treating bronchiectasis and any underlying conditions more promptly will better your chances of preventing any further lung damage. To discuss your specific needs with Dr. Mike Czarnecki, "The Lung Doc", conveniently schedule your appointment online or call our office at (423) 710-3864.