Bronchiectasis: Without treatment, it threatens the circulation of infections 2

Bronchiectasis: Without treatment, it threatens the circulation of infections

respiratory disease

Bronchiectasis: Without treatment, it threatens the circulation of infections

Berlin
Severe coughing with spit and shortness of breath, even without acute infection, are typical symptoms of bronchiectasis. This incurable dilation of the bronchi is more common than often thought.

Severe coughing with spit and shortness of breath, even without acute infection, are symptoms of bronchiectasis.

Severe coughing with spit and shortness of breath, even without acute infection, are symptoms of bronchiectasis.

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Bronchiectasis: Without treatment, it threatens the circulation of infections

Cough with a slimy ejection even though you haven't been caught by a cold? Behind it may be bronchiectasis. Dilated bronchi colonize bacteria and are inflamed. Cases are increasing – also thanks to improved diagnostic techniques, as explained by the German Society for Pneumology and Respiratory Medicine (DGP). It is assumed that bronchiectasis is still rarely diagnosed.

The disease may be congenital, but it is rather the exception. It is often obtained by chronic, inflammatory processes in the respiratory tract.

The cycle of infections threatens

A cycle develops: without proper treatment, infections accumulate again. In between, the diseased have slimy, purulent spit during coughing, often tired and breathing poorly.

Therapy should therefore be started as soon as possible and should be carried out by experts from pneumatic centers. They can assist a patient with bronchiectasis with special breathing techniques and devices. They create vibrations in the airways.

Early therapy with a specialist is important

In addition, bronchodilator medications and saline inhalations help relieve cough.

Without antibiotics, patients usually disagree. Specific means are important here, as are the duration of use and the method of administration. Otherwise, bacteria can quickly become resistant. Operationally, in most cases nothing can be done. (
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