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How to prevent bronchiectasis?

The risk of bronchiectasis may be reduced if lung infections are promptly treated. Early identification and treatment of conditions that tend to cause bronchiectasis may prevent the development of bronchiectasis or reduce its severity. Because the damage to the airways is thought to occur as a result of childhood infections, any prevention needs to take place in

childhood. Children should be vaccinated against measles and whooping cough to prevent this damage to airways early in childhood. Childhood immunizations against measles and whooping cough, appropriate use of antibiotics, and improved living conditions and nutrition have significantly reduced the number of people who develop bronchiectasis. A cough (particularly a moist cough) that persists in a child, is a reason to take the child to the doctor.

Prompt removal of an inhaled foreign body can prevent bronchiectasis. (Thus, if any friend or family member is thought to have inhaled something they should see their doctor immediately). Inhalation of foreign objects into the airways by children may be prevented by carefully watching what they put in their mouth. Avoiding toxic fumes, gases, smoke, and injurious dusts also helps prevent bronchiectasis or reduce its severity. Additionally, avoiding oversedation from drugs or alcohol and seeking medical care for neurologic symptoms (such as impaired consciousness) or gastrointestinal symptoms (such as difficulty in swallowing and regurgitation or coughing after eating) may help to prevent aspiration. Also, drops of mineral oil or other oils should never be placed in the mouth or nose because they can be inhaled into the lungs.

 

More information on bronchiectasis

What is bronchiectasis? - Bronchiectasis is an abnormal stretching and enlarging of the respiratory passages caused by mucus blockage.
What causes bronchiectasis? - Bronchiectasis is caused by recurrent inflammation or infection of the airways. The most common cause is severe respiratory infections.
What're the symptoms of bronchiectasis? - The most common symptoms of bronchiectasis are cough with sputum production. Dry bronchiectasis patient frequently cough up blood.
How is bronchiectasis diagnosed? - The diagnosis of bronchiectasis can be suspected by the physician if he hears abnormal crackling sounds when listening to the lungs.
What's the treatment for bronchiectasis? - Treatment of bronchiectasis is directed against infections, secretions, airway obstruction, and complications.
How to prevent bronchiectasis? - The risk of bronchiectasis may be reduced if lung infections are promptly treated. Prompt removal of an inhaled foreign body can prevent bronchiectasis.
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