If you’re living with bronchiectasis, you understand the devastating impact it can have on your quality of life. Even the most basic tasks, whether at home or work, can result in shortness of breath, coughing, fatigue and other symptoms that can lead to an overly sedentary lifestyle that can potentially worsen this condition.
Even if it feels easy to lose hope, it’s vital to keep a positive attitude about your treatment and the steps you can take to promote improved lung health. Learning more about bronchiectasis, particularly the underlying causes, is a great start for patients looking to be more engaged in the therapeutic process.
Bronchiectasis — Causes and Related Conditions
While bronchiectasis can be the result of a congenital defect in the development of the lungs, more often, it occurs in conjunction with another condition. Bronchiectasis is basically a term for dilation, or stretching, of the bronchial tubes due to damage and inflammation. Here are some of the more common conditions that can lead to this.
- Cystic fibrosis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Fungal infection
- Whooping cough
Certain lifestyle and environmental factors, such as smoking cigarettes or exposure to workplace fumes, are also believed to play a role in the development of bronchiectasis.
Finding Relief From Bronchiectasis
There is currently no way to cure or reverse bronchiectasis, so the goal of treatment is generally to relieve symptoms and address any factors that may be speeding up the progression of the condition. For example, quitting smoking and improving your surrounding air quality can both have a positive effect in reducing chronic inflammation and damage to the lungs.
To relieve symptoms, patients can work with their doctor to develop a treatment plan that includes medications like steroids and mucus thinners, oxygen therapy that uses supplemental oxygen, breathing exercises and other pulmonary rehabilitation techniques and healthy lifestyle choices like regular exercise and a nutrient-rich, anti-inflammatory diet.
With advances in medical science, regenerative therapy is also becoming an increasingly common option for patients. At Lung Health Institute, we can help manage bronchiectasis and other progressive lung conditions with our cellular therapy, which uses cells from a patient’s own blood to restore lung functioning.
Take the next step to find relief. Contact one of our patient coordinators today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.