Bronchiectasis treatments can help patients manage the severity of their symptoms and slow the progress of the disease, but there is no cure to completely remove the disease.
Bronchiectasis usually progresses slowly (though it can progress rapidly in some), so learning how to identify its symptoms may help you catch it early on. Catching it in its earlier stages may help your physicians develop more effective treatments.
Symptoms of bronchiectasis may include:
- Persistent cough that may produce mucus and blood
- Shortness of breath
- Tightness of the chest
- Uncontrollable weight loss
- Clubbing of the fingertips and toes
If you have any of these symptoms, please visit your health care provider for diagnosis and treatment.
What are the stages of development of bronchiectasis?
Defining the stage of bronchiectasis is difficult because the cause is not always clear. Many cases of bronchiectasis are caused by other lung conditions like cystic fibrosis or COPD. Other cases develop due to other reasons, including immune system disorders, genetic deficiencies and frequent lung infections.
Regardless of the exact cause of your bronchiectasis, what is known is that in earlier stages, the condition is less severe and may respond more positively to treatments.
In the early stages of bronchiectasis, inflammation and infection are common, but you may not experience many breathing difficulties. In fact, many early-stage patients do not realize they have a disease and do not seek medical attention since the symptoms do not really bother them.
As the disease progresses, though, you may experience more severe symptoms, including shortness of breath, coughing with mucus or blood and chronic fatigue.
- Immune system disorders
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Lung infections
- Aspergillus allergies
- Alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency
If you are aware that you have any of these conditions, you should speak with your healthcare provider about bronchiectasis risks and getting regular screenings.
Treatment options for bronchiectasis
If you catch the disease early on, you may have more treatment options available. Many treatments for bronchiectasis include medications, supplemental oxygen, pulmonary therapy and surgery.
One treatment that we offer at the Lung Health Institute is Lung Restoration Treatment™. This is a minimally invasive procedure with few side effects that empowers your body’s ability to fight inflammation caused by lung disease.
The procedure works by separating a small portion of your blood into concentrated forms that target your lungs to reduce inflammation and help you breathe easier.
Would you like to find out if lung restoration treatment is right for you? Contact us today to speak with a patient coordinator at one of our clinics about your treatment options.