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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. Michael Sanders
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Bronchiectasis (Definition)

Widening and inflammation of the airways that someone can be born with or acquired over time secondary to infection, inflammation, underlying autoimmunity, immune deficiency or ...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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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

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How does "atelectasis" and "bronchiectasis" differ?

How does "atelectasis" and "bronchiectasis" differ?

Different: Bronchiectasis is a dilated bronchus or airway. Atelectasis is an area of the lung that has decreased in volume because it doesn't have the usual amount of air in it. ...Read more

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What is the best conservative management for bronchiectasis?

What is the best conservative management for bronchiectasis?

Bronchiectasis: Treatment may consist of antibiotics, inhalers or nebuliser, cough meds, expectorants, chest physiotherapy, oxygen. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of atelectasis please? Existing with bronchiectasis

What are the symptoms of atelectasis please? Existing with bronchiectasis

Atelectasis: Usually has no significant symptoms other than the occasional cough whereas bronchiectasis can have significant coughing fever, pleuritic chest pain, thick mucous, bloody sputum, and bronchoconstriction and wheezing. ...Read more

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Bronchiectasis pt. oxygen keep dropping without sup.O2 . what does this mean? Any solution?

Call pulmonologist: There are many conditions associated with bronchiectasis and thus the solution would depend on the cause. Having said that, the dropping pO2 points to a deteriorating lung function . It is best to contact your doctor to find a solution (controlling infection and improving sputum clearance would be the first step) ...Read more

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What is the average life expectancy for people having bronchiectasis these days? [diagnosed at age 35]

What is the average life expectancy for people having bronchiectasis these days? [diagnosed at age 35]

Unknown: There have not really been longitudinal studies looking at the natural history of bronchiectasis overtime in patients without cystic fibrosis. A lot of the prognosis depend on the severity of your lung function and your level of lung function. I think it is very difficult to give the patient with bronchiectasis a definitive lifespan estimate. ...Read more

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What are the different types of bronchiectasis treatment?

What are the different types of bronchiectasis treatment?

Treatment: Treatment is mainly antibiotics and help to clear secretions. ...Read more

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How are bronchiectasis and emphysema different?

How are bronchiectasis and emphysema different?

Copd bronchiectasis: In emphysema the damage is in the alveoli in bronchiiectasis is in the small airways. ...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