Bronchiectasis treatments vary depending on the severity of the disease and its type.
The best treatment for bronchiectasis is prevention, though the exact cause is not always known, so prevention may not be possible. Still, you should try the following prevention methods to help reduce your chances of developing the disease:
How do you diagnose bronchiectasis?
- Quit smoking
- Avoid secondhand smoke
- Avoid air pollution
- Wear safety equipment at work
What are your treatment options for bronchiectasis?
Despite your best efforts to prevent the disease, you may still develop bronchiectasis due to genetic factors and other lung infections like COPD or cystic fibrosis. If you have been diagnosed with bronchiectasis, do not lose hope. Even though it cannot be cured, treatments can help improve your quality of life, especially if the disease is caught in earlier stages.
Treatments for bronchiectasis typically include:
- Bronchodilators – These medications are used to relax the muscles of the airways to help you breathe easier. Typically, you will be prescribed an inhaled form of a bronchodilator. Some bronchodilators are used in emergencies when your symptoms flare up, and others are used throughout the day to prevent the flare-up of symptoms.
- Medications – Some medications are prescribed to thin mucus, which makes it easier for your lungs to clear it, and others may be used to fight infections that mucus buildup can cause.
- Supplemental oxygen – If your bronchiectasis has progressed to the point where your body is not meeting its oxygen needs, you may be prescribed supplemental oxygen. This may be prescribed for a few minutes throughout the day or may be required for 24/7 use.
- Pulmonary therapy – This is a guided practice that focuses on strengthening your lungs through diet, nutrition, exercise and breathing counseling.
- Surgery – In extreme cases, a partial lung removal or a full lung transplant may be necessary to improve your quality of life. This is often the last resort for treatment as it is a high-risk procedure.
Treating bronchiectasis with lung restoration treatment
Lung Restoration Treatment™ is a procedure offered at the Lung Health Institute. This procedure is minimally invasive and only requires that you sit in a chair and relax while our physicians take care of the rest.
During the procedure, a small portion of your blood is withdrawn. This is processed into concentrated forms of cells that are reinserted to your body to target lung infection. Lung restoration treatment is proven to be effective at reducing inflammation and increasing breathing function in more than 80 percent of our patients.
Would you like to try lung restoration treatment for your bronchiectasis? Contact us today to speak with a patient coordinator and find out what we can do for you.