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I would like to know if there is anything I can do (Exercises, antibiotic, cough suppressant) to alleviate the symptoms of bronchiectasis. I have seen my doctor who said there is nothing I can do. It is a progressive disease and eventually will kill me.(Not in these words)

Doctor's Assistant: How long have you been dealing with the cough? Are you having any other symptoms?

The cough has only began about 3 weeks ago. I never had any cough before. When I cough I never bring up anything. I never did. I have had a cold 3 weeks ago and it has left me with a cough and a permanent sore throat. I have taken a course of antibiotics but stopped after I finished the prescription.

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

No, I am pretty healty otherwise. I have had some kidney stones but got rid of them.

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Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 8 months ago
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Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 8 months ago

What is your age?

How long ago were you diagnosed bronchiectasis?

What did your lung function tests show?

What are the treatment prescribed?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
My age is 73
about a year ago
Lung function was normal
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Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 8 months ago

In general, you would do well if you are compliant with all treatment regimens and practice routine preventive medicine strategies. So prognosis is good and you will have normal life span.

The treatment usually is;

1) Antibiotics and chest physiotherapy are the mainstays.

Usual antibiotics are (when infection supervenes):

a) Amoxicillin

b) Tetracycline

c) Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole

d) Azithromycin or Clarithromycin

2) Bronchodilators

3) Corticosteroid therapy

4) Diet supplements.

Please feel free for your follow up questions.

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Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 8 months ago

Following measures also are recommended

1) Stop smoking.

2) Avoid second-hand smoke

3) Nutritional supplementation

4) Immunizations for influenza and pneumococcal pneumonia, and measles, rubeola, and pertussis.

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