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A 42-year-old member asked:

Do people with bronchiectasis constantly get lung infections?

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Dr. Paxton Daniel
Radiology 33 years experience
Depends: The chance of getting a lung infection depends on how severe/widespread the bronchiectasis is, what caused (or is continuing to cause) it, and the immune status of the patient.

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A 50-year-old member asked:

Why is it that smokers get more lung infections?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
A Verified Doctoranswered
Addiction Medicine 50 years experience
It is poison to lung: Various elements in cigarette smoke damage the cells which line the air passages and the alveolar cells in the lungs where oxygen is absorbed. It especially damages the hair cells which have little cilia which push mucus and the crud we breathe in out of the lungs, so our lungs cannot clean themselves out. It also kills immune cells which help produce antibodies and kill the germs we are breathing.
Last updated Sep 15, 2017

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