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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

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. ...Read more

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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What are the symptoms of bronchiectasis?

What are the symptoms of bronchiectasis?

Bronchiectasis: Productive cough and frequent infections also coughing blood in some cases. ...Read more

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What is the best management for bronchiectasis?

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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Is bronchiectasis the same as cf?

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

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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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Is bronchiectasis like copd?

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. ...Read more

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My mother has developed bronchiectasis. What is it exactly?

My mother has developed bronchiectasis. What is it exactly?

Dilated bronchi: Dilated bronchi and inflammation, usually the result of low level infection inflammation. ...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

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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?

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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Will my children inherit my bronchiectasis problem?

Will my children inherit my bronchiectasis problem?

They may: It depends on cause of ur bronchiectasis. Some of the causes r genetic, cystic fibrosis, cilia motility problem, primary immune deficiencies, etc. If u have those, ur kids may have higher chance of developing bronchiectasis if they develop those dis. If u developed bronchiectasis because of recurrent lung infections without immune deficiency, or a rare condition, abpa, it is usually not genetic. ...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

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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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 prednisolone help in bronchiectasis?

How can prednisolone help in bronchiectasis?

Acute worsening: In what we call an exacerbation (flare up) both steroids like Prednisolone and antibiotics may be necessary to treat the acute condition. While there are not good studies to show its benefit, steroids may be helpful. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for bronchiectasis?

Antibiotics: Taking antibiotics on a periodic basis is helpful in bronchiectasis. ...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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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for bronchiectasis?

What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for bronchiectasis?

GLutathione: Nebulized glutathione is a great adjunct for any/all respiratory illnesses. It needs to be compounded and administered with a nebulizer. If that is not available, liposomal glutathione, taken orally, is available from several companies. It is expensive but darn well worth the money. ...Read more

Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more