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Suggest Treatment For Bronchiectasis

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Posted on Fri, 13 Oct 2017
Question: I have bronchietasis. Some nights after lying down in an attempt to fall asleep, I will start choking on mucus and must spit it out. Is there anything that can be done to cut down on this?
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Answered by Dr. Jnikolla (22 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
need to do respiratory physiotherapy

Detailed Answer:
Hello and welcome to HealthcareMagic,

I can understand your concern...

In Bronchiectasis, cough with sputum is the most usual symptom.

In such cases, we usually recommend daily respiratory physiotherapy mainly with vibration (if Bronchiectasis is not small, peripheral and localized).

This procedure helps the secretions to drain and thus maintain bronchial hygiene.

When lying down you should stay with your chest side of the bronchiectasis upright to help the secretions drain due to the gravity.

Try to drink a lot of water too for fluidification of the secretions.

Hope to have been helpful for you.

Regards and feel free to ask me again


Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Arnab Banerjee
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Follow up: Dr. Jnikolla (15 hours later)
Per the CT, my bronchietasis is mild (although it doesn't feel mild) and bilateral. Is the physiotherapy still called for?
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Answered by Dr. Jnikolla (31 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
yes for sure

Detailed Answer:
Hi again

Absolutely yes, respiratory physiotherapy has only positive effects in such cases

You can try it when you have cough with sputum and it is safe too

Regards

Dr.Jolanda
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
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Suggest Treatment For Bronchiectasis

Brief Answer: need to do respiratory physiotherapy Detailed Answer: Hello and welcome to HealthcareMagic, I can understand your concern... In Bronchiectasis, cough with sputum is the most usual symptom. In such cases, we usually recommend daily respiratory physiotherapy mainly with vibration (if Bronchiectasis is not small, peripheral and localized). This procedure helps the secretions to drain and thus maintain bronchial hygiene. When lying down you should stay with your chest side of the bronchiectasis upright to help the secretions drain due to the gravity. Try to drink a lot of water too for fluidification of the secretions. Hope to have been helpful for you. Regards and feel free to ask me again