Living with Bronchiectasis

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jan 18, 2013

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Lung function after bronchiectasis deteriorates slowly. Early diagnosis and appropriate early treatment of bronchiectasis along with any underlying condition will decrease the risk of further damage to your lungs. Read to know on living with bronchiectasis.


Ongoing Care


People with bronchiectasis, should follow their doctor’s advice regarding care at home (such as quitting smoking, taking the recommended medications and chest physiotherapy) and learn ways to improve their quality of life.


Avoid Infections


Take precautions to avoid lung infections such as consult your doctor for flu and pneumonia vaccines. Wash your hands often with soap and water and avoid crowded places to lower your risk of infections.


Eat Healthy


Eat healthy food. Your diet should include a variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Include protein rich foods such as lean meats, poultry, fish, and beans in your diet. Prefer use of fat-free or low-fat milk or milk products and avoid foods high in saturated fat, trans-fat, cholesterol, sodium (salt), and added sugar.


Stay Hydrated


Drink plenty of fluids (water and other fluids) to prevent the airway mucus from becoming thick and sticky.


Be Active


Stay as physically active as possible. Consult your doctor to know the types and amounts of activity which is safe for you. Being active helps to loosen the mucus and so that it can be coughed up more easily.


Quit Smoking


Some other measures which can help to protect your airways are quit smoking, avoid lung irritants such as second hand smoke, dust, and fumes.


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