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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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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 do you recommend for bronchiectasis?

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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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'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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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 are the medications used to treat bronchiectasis? Thanks

What are the medications used to treat bronchiectasis?
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Find the cause: Some supportive-care meds are common to this and other lung diseases, but the key will be to try to identify a cause if you can. I recently autopsied a 70 year old woman with "unexplained bronchiectasis" and discovered they had missed adult-onset cystic fibrosis -- which could have been managed more effectively. ...Read more

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Is bronchiectasis the same as cf ?

No: Bronchiectasis= bronchi (airways);ectasis (dilated or stretched out). Bronchiectasis is a physical finding that can occur in many lung infections/conditions.Cystic fibrosis is medical condition with many features.It is inherited as a recessive genetic disease. There are abnormalities in the production of lung mucous that can lead to bronchiectasis over time. ...Read more

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Why is bronchiectasis caused by smoking?

Why is bronchiectasis caused by smoking?

Bronchiectasis.: Smoking mainly causes emphysema, which is damage to the alveoli and smaller airways in the lungs. Bronchiectasis is damage to the larger airways, which is usually due to a medical condition or lung infection, even in childhood. Smoking with bronchiectasis, obviously, would be particularly bad. ...Read more

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Explain the condition called bronchiectasis.?

Bronchiectasis: Bronchiectasis is a disease of the lungs defined as an irreversible dilation and widening of the large airways. Symptoms are numerous, and include chronic cough, bloody sputum, fatigue, shortness of breath and weight loss. Diagnosis and treatment are best handled by a lung doctor (pulmonologist). ...Read more