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Is Bronchiectasis Contagious
I ve bronciectasis, does that mean I ve chronic infection in lungs? And am I contageous to others, ie while kissing, sharing water cup, thanks
Not contageous: Bonchiectasis is generally not contageous. But you need to see your doctor about its cause and treat it properly. Consider seeing a pulmonologist.
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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).
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)
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.
Different cause: Some symptoms like shortness of breath and sputum production are the same, but the disease is different. A history of pertussis or other serious deep lung infection is frequently the cause of bronchiectasis where the bronchial tubes are chronically infected and inflamed with breakdown of the wall of the bronchial tube. The diameter of the bronchi is enlarged and abnormal.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.