Could you have bronchiectasis?

What can you do if you think you have BE?

Knowledge is power. Learning more about bronchiectasis (BE) is the first step to living better. If you think you might have BE, see a doctor. The Find a Provider tool can help you locate a physician near you who understands BE and how to treat it.

If you’re diagnosed with BE, consider the following recommendations from the National Institutes of Health including these:2

  • Ask your doctor about flu and pneumonia vaccines
  • Wash your hands often to lower your risk of getting viruses and bacterial infections
  • If you smoke, try to quit
  • Avoid toxic fumes, gases, and other harmful substances
  • Follow a healthy diet
  • Stay hydrated
  • Be as physically active as you can
  • Consider joining a patient support group
References
  1. Screening questions are based on the findings of a number of research studies:
    • Kosmas E, Dumitru S, Gkatzias S, et al. Bronchiectasis in patients with COPD: an irrelevant imaging finding or a clinically important phenotype? American College of Chest Physicians. Elsevier Inc., 2016. doi: https://journal.chestnet.org/article/S0012-3692(16)57193-1/fulltext. Accessed 14 Aug 2020.
    • Patel IS, Vlahos I, Wilkinson TM, et al. Bronchiectasis, exacerbation indices, and inflammation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2004;170:400–7.
    • Maguire G. Bronchiectasis–A guide for primary care. Australian Family Physicians. Vol 41. No. 11 November 2012.
    • Barker AF. Bronchiectasis. N Engl J Med. 2002; 346: 1383-1393.
    • Du Q, Jin J, Liu X, Sun Y. Bronchiectasis as a Comorbidity of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. PLoS ONE. 2016; 11(3): e0150532. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0150532.
  2. Living with Bronchiectasis. NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/bronchiectasis 
    Updated June 2, 2014. Accessed August 10, 2020.

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