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I acquired bronchiectasis after my colon was removed due to ulcerative colitis. Probiotics made my bronchiectasis disappear. Could this be a cure?

I acquired bronchiectasis after my colon was removed due to ulcerative colitis. Probiotics made my bronchiectasis disappear. Could this be a cure?

Not a cure, but a: great remedy/supplement for you apparently. The human microbiome is now becoming the next hot topic in medicine, at all the medicinal value available within us in our guts in how we are 10% human cells, and 90% bacterial, and the symbiosis creates an 'Amazon Rain Forest' type of effect of producing bacteria that secrete enzymes, and help digest our foods better, and keep us healthy. Keep taking it ...Read more

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Dr. Gwen Huitt
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Bronchiectasis (Definition)

Bronchiectasis is widening and inflammation of the airways that someone can be born with (congenital bronchiectasis) or acquired over time secondary to infection, inflammation, underlying autoimmunity, immune deficiency or inhaling a foreign object. Approximately 1/3 of cases of bronchiectasis occurs in ...Read more


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What's a simple way to say what bronchiectasis really is?

What's a simple way to say what bronchiectasis really is?

Damaged airways: Bronchiectasis: structurally damaged airways unable to effectively move mucous. Air contains germs that are trapped but not killed by the inner mucous layer of the breathing tubes. Cilia on underlying cells beat like brooms sweeping mucous to the throat where it's swallowed. Stomach acid kills the germs. Without this mucociliary escalator germs multiply in the airway causing bronchitis & pneumonia. ...Read more

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I want to know my options for treating bronchiectasis?

Bronchiectasis: So many options: hydration and mucus clearance, chest physiotherapy, bronchodilators, anti inflammatory medications, antibiotics, pulmonary rehab.....Or a combination of all the above. You need a good pulmonologist to work with you. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for bronchiectasis?

Immune evaluation: Bronchiectasis can be indicative of an immunodeficiency. In addition to a pulomary specialist you should also seriously consider an immune evaluation. ...Read more

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Maybe I worry too much, but I want to know how bronchiectasis will affect my overall health.?

See pulmonologist: That's a lung specialist who will check your labs, x-rays, and other studies to see cause and extent of your disease. Only then can he tell you your prognosis. ...Read more

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How can I treat bronchiectasis?

How can I treat bronchiectasis?

Pulmonary toilet: Do things to promote clearance of phlegm from your lungs. Quit smoking. Get everyone who lives with you to quit. Smoking outside not acceptable. Live in a place with clean air - at least 1 mile from highways & streets with trucks & buses. Exercise. Maintain normal weight. Control diabetes. Laugh. Take all meds prescribed by your doctor. Get flu & Pneumovax vaccines. Gamma globulin may help. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: bronchiectasis?

Bronchiectasis: Bronchiectasis is widening and inflammation of the airways that someone can be born with (congenital bronchiectasis) or acquired over time secondary to infection, inflammation, underlying autoimmunity, immune deficiency or inhaling a foreign object. Approximately 1/3 of cases of bronchiectasis occurs in those with cystic fibrosis. ...Read more

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What is the best management for bronchiectasis?

Depends: There are several different causes of bronchiectasis and they would lead to different treatments. It would be best to identify the cause first and then specific treatment recommendations could be made. ...Read more

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What causes bronchiectasis?

Smoking irritates: Smoking irritates the bronchi. It causes inflammation and can damage the bronchi and bronchioles ability to naturally clear out pathogens leading to bronchitis or pneumonia. Smoking causes lung injury resulting in emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and lung cancer among many other risks. Please don't smoke. ...Read more